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Tropical Rainforests

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Tropical rainforests are home to brilliantly colored birds and spider monkeys that swing like acrobats. Here, tiny tadpoles, lizards, and crabs live in sky-high penthouse mini-ponds formed in the leaves of rootless plants. The understory and forest floor swarm with insects, worms, frogs, toads, and millions of marching army ants. But beware! There are poisonous butterflies ...more
Hardcover, First, 32 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Collins/Smithsonian
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Tasha
Dec 06, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Veteran children’s nonfiction author, Seymour Simon, returns with this Smithsonian Institution book on rainforests. With full color images featuring interesting wildlife and grand expanses of forest, the book is an enticing introduction to tropical rainforests for children. The importance of rainforests for the entire planet is woven into the particulars about the animals and plants that can be found there. Making up just 2% of the earth’s surface, these forests are home to millions of insects, ...more
Alexandra Duca
Title: Tropical Rainforests
Author: Seymour Simon
Genre: Photographic Essay
Theme(s): Life in a Rainforest
Opening line/sentence: “Imagine being surrounded by thick walls of green plants.”
Brief Book Summary: This photographic essay by Seymour Simon elaborately describes the ins and outs of the tropical rainforests of the world. Accompanied by vivid and detailed photos, this book describes various plants and animals native to tropical rainforests.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Kirkus Revi
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Crystal
Oct 01, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Just received this book in the mail today and finished reading it. This is just a wonderful book for kids to learn about the rainforests of the world. The book is geared towards kids aged 5-9 but I did love looking through the beautiful photographs too! There's a lot of great information and would be a great resource for a child that wanted to learn more about the rainforest/environment. I could totally have seen myself using this fora report when I was younger. I'll be holding onto this so I ca ...more
Shawn
Oct 25, 2010 Shawn rated it really liked it
Seymour Simon and The Smithsonian: a winning combination. Simon continues to write his best in informational text and The Smithsonian provides stunning photos, some with suitable close-ups for the curious and non-squeamish. The format allows for large photos and there are a glossary, index, and a list of links to appropriate internet sites and some of Simon's other books. The only drawback I found was that the photos are not captioned and the reader must glean from the text which photo is being ...more
Dolly
Nov 29, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We are big fans of Seymour Simon's books and we loved the big, glossy photos in this book.

We've read several books about rainforests recently, so we didn't learn a lot of new information.

Nevertheless, the narrative is interesting and covers a variety of topics from the composition of a tropical rainforest to the flora and fauna who live there.

As expected, the Amazon rainforest is highlighted, but others are discussed, too.
The Reading Countess
"Imagine being surrounded by thick walls of green plants. All around you are roots, vines, bushes, and trees."

So begins Simon's imaginative look at some of the most mysterious places on earth, written in an engaging way and full of beautiful photographs to keep any reader, any age, deeply engrossed.

Who says informational text is boring? This (or any of his many books) would be a wonderful mentor text for how to write expository without putting your audience to sleep.

Highly recommended.
Esther
Oct 01, 2010 Esther rated it really liked it
This beautiful book is great both as an educational resource and as a coffee table book.
We read through the book with our children enjoying the gorgeous high quality photos and the simple narrative on the facing page.
But with photos of such entrancing beauty one look is nowhere near enough.
My husband and the children would occasionally sit down and pick up the book choosing a a certain photo to examined in greater depth and using it as a jump off point for further discussion.
Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
Good summary of information. Suitable for early. 1-3 grades. Wish it included a map.
Theresa
Oct 12, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful informative book on Tropical rainforests. An excellent teaching tool with brilliant colored photos throughout.
Theresa
Oct 01, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing
A wonderful informative book on Tropical rainforests. An excellent teaching tool with brilliant colored photos throughout.
Kelsey
Aug 09, 2013 Kelsey rated it liked it
Very lacking in detailed fact, but nonetheless enjoyable.
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