How Monkeys Make Chocolate: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Rain Forest

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In How Monkeys Make Chocolate renowned ecologist Adrian Forsyth introduces the people, plants, and animals of the world’s rain forests through exciting first-hand stories and stunning color photographs. He visits aboriginal shamans and imitates the behavior of animals to tap into the inner workings of various rain forests, revealing a world of riches with unsuspected connections to everyday life. His adventures expose the amazing origins of familiar products, including chocolate, cola, aspirin, and rubber, and offer tantalizing glimpses of the discoveries yet to be made. With visual force and vivid anecdotes, Forsyth instills a deep wonder for the web of life and the importance of conserving these fragile ecosystems.

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ADRIAN FORSYTH’s distinguished career as an ecologist, conservationist, lecturer, and award-winning science journalist led to his appointment as Vice-President of Conservation Biology for Conservation International in Washington, DC. His science writing has appeared in The Smithsonian, Reader’s Digest, Natural History, Geo, Saturday Night, Equinox, Orion, and Harrowsmith. He frequently disappears into the world’s most isolated tropical rainforests, but calls Washington, DC home.

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Environmental concerns and respect for the culture of indigenous rainforest peoples are strong themes in this book...Although many children’s books have been written about the rainforest, this one presents many fresh new facts that readers of all ages will enjoy learning about. Highly recommended.

How Monkeys Make Chocolate is the first lesson toward ‘unlocking the mysteries of the rainforest and man’, it’s a pretty good hook (Monkey’s Make Chocolate?)... That’ll have you (1) angry that your own childhood books weren’t this interesting and (2) wanting to read along with your own child to find out just how monkeys make chocolate. The answers turn out to be as interesting as the questions, and the production as glossy and easy to read as the adventures of Curious George.

Who wouldn’t want to know the answer to this question, which will surprise and impress kids who love the environment, nature and science...The photographs in the book are colorful and interesting. Kids will be better able to relate to the lives of those who live in the rainforests of the world.

Surely this title is enough to get you interested - don't you want to know how in the world monkeys make chocolate? The answer may surprise you, impress you, and possibly gross you out just a little. Keep reading to find out lots of cool and crazy facts...

Using many full and part page photographs and information boxes along with a well spaced text, the author provides a wealth of information on traditional and modern uses of the wide variety of products... This is a fascinating book for browsing or for research, with well captioned photographs that are inviting to the more reluctant reader.

...This book might well be the stimulus needed for a budding young naturalist to tkake a look at the interactions going on in ecosystems just outside his or her door.

...a book that uses a multitude of photographs to enlarge its findings about some of the more sequestered and mysterious parts of the world.

colorful and dynamic photographs are used to illustrate the book, and intriguing titles tantalize and pique the interest of readers. How can you resist a title that links monkeys with a favourite food like chocolate?

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