Exploring the natural history of common and uncommon foods and medicines, an examination of the relationship between the rainforests and science explains why it is so important to learn about and preserve the rainforests.
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Gr. 5^-8. A Canadian conservation biologist writes about what he sees in rain forests around the world. His personal narrative combines a sense of wonder with a wealth of factual information about the web of plants and animals and people that depend on each other for survival. The large-size volume is designed like a glossy magazine article, with fully captioned color photos and framed inserts in the detailed text. Whether he's talking about how bats attracted by the smell of vanilla help scatter the vine's seeds, or how the rosy periwinkle plant from Madagascar can make a medicine to treat cancer, or how people collect chicle gum in Guatemala, he shows that each of the world's rain forests is different, with its own sets of plants and animals, and that we need them. Hazel RochmanFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 3-6?Forsyth doesn't merely describe the plants that furnish a variety of food and medicine for people around the world, but explains the vital role played by insects, birds, and other creatures in their propagation. Although most of his examples come from tropical rain forests, he does include some information about North America, an area often neglected in books on the topic. Well-chosen, full-color photographs introduce species that are probably unfamiliar to most readers. Anecdotes from the author's travels enliven the text, which should intrigue students and tempt them to read the entire book instead of simply using it as a source of facts for reports.?Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
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Book Description Maple Tree Press, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111895688329
Book Description Maple Tree Press, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1895688329