Monday, September 13, 2010

Non-Fiction Monday: Rainforests!

I've had two great books about rainforests sitting here, waiting to be reviewed, and today's the day! If you're a teacher or a librarian, I would definitely look into having both of these on your shelves, one for the younger age groups and one for the older.

Looking Closely in the Rain Forest by Frank Serafini is for the younger crowd, but is enchanting for older kids and adults as well. I reviewed Looking Closely Around the Pond several months ago and though this one is the same idea, I think it's even better executed.

We're given a super-zoomed in photo of something you would find in the rainforest, along with a little riddle teasing you about what it might be. The child can make some guesses and then flip the page for the answer. Another beautiful photo will show what we were trying to guess, along with a short fact blurb about the animal/plant.

The photos are great and the text informative, yet sparse (in a good way). Kids can start to get an idea of what a rainforest might hold, without being bogged down with a lot of info.

A great choice for classrooms!
Looking Closely Around the Rain Forest
Frank Serafini
40 pages
Kids Can Press
August 2010
Review copy provided by publisher

Seymour Simon's latest Smithsonian adventure is called Tropical Rainforests and features some really awesome photographs of the rainforest and what animals/bugs/flowers we find there.

Another introduction to non-fiction books, this one is a bit more advanced than Looking Closely in the Rain Forest, as there's more text and slightly more advanced concepts. We get into ecosystems, temperature, and the facts about rainforest depletion.

I've been a huge fan of this series since I started reading them several years ago (there's like 25 or something crazy like that) and am always impressed with the visual appeal and the factual content. Easy to read and presented in a beautiful manner, these Smithsonian books are winners for sure!

Tropical Rainforests
Seymour Simon
32 pages
August 2010
Review copy provided by publisher

1 comment:

Rasco from RIF said...

Amanda, thank you for contributing to Nonfiction Monday today. I have always been fascinated with rainforests and these books are enticing! Have you visited a rainforest, I have not....yet.