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A North American rain forest scrapbook
Wright-Frierson, Virginia.
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Publication Information:
New York : Walker and Co., 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 29 cm
Presented in the form of a scrapbook, describes the author's exploration of a temperate rain forest in North America, located in Washington State, and the plants and animals she found there.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.0 0.5 54791.

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Material Type
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QH105.W2 W75 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH105.W2 W75 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH105.W2 W75 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Walk alongside an award-winning nature artist as she observes, draws, paints, and writes about the majesty of the world's largest temperate rain forest. Richly illustrated, evocative, and highly informative, this careful study is an engaging, first-hand look at an ecological treasure. CBC Not Just for Children Anymore!, 2000 CCBC Choices, 2000 John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers, 1999 New York Public Library's One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing, 1999 Ohio Reading Circle, 2000 Society of School Librarians International Book Award (Honor Book), 1999-2000

Author Notes

Virglnia Wright-Frierson is an accomplished fine artist and the acclaimed author and illustrator of An Island Scrapbook and A Desert Scrapbook . She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. Wright-Frierson's A Desert Scrapbook (1996) had a wide format that was just right for illustrating the horizontal lines of the desert landscape. Her new book has a vertical format also in keeping with its subject: the North American rain forest. Writing in first person, the writer-illustrator takes readers along on a trip to the rain forest on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Attractive watercolor paintings show views of the forest, close-ups of natural features, and pictures of people enjoying a hike with a National Park Visitor Center naturalist. Sidebars and hand-lettered notes fill in the informational blanks for readers as they experience the look of the forest and observe the plants and animals found there. One double-page spread shows a logging site and notes what can be done to help preserve the forests, from picking up litter to recycling paper. A visually appealing "scrapbook" of information, reflections, and attractive illustrations of the temperate rain forest. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4Although many childrens books explore the wonders of tropical rain forests, few of them even mention their temperate counterparts. Wright-Frierson deftly weaves personal observations with scientific information in this fine introduction to the rain forest of Washingtons Olympic Peninsula. Her combination sketchbook, nature journal, and postcard to readers documents her exploration of the ecosystem dominated by huge trees that are hundreds of years old. Through words and pictures, she explains how snags and nurse logs shelter plant and animal life and foster the growth of new trees. She introduces readers to a variety of unique plants and animals, including a banana slug as long as her foot. While the author clearly supports efforts to preserve the temperate rain forest, her tone is not polemical. The contrasting paintings of clear-cut hillsides and the mysterious green caverns of old growth forest speak eloquently. Salmon heading upriver, elk grazing in the forest, and the sun setting over the ocean provide other glimpses of the areas majesty. Used alone or with books about tropical rain forests, this one should stimulate further explorations about and appreciation of a type of rain forest with which few people are familiar.Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.