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Rain, rain, rain forest
Guiberson, Brenda Z.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Takes a journey through a rain forest, investigating the plants and animals that dwell there.
Reading Level:
AD 870 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 80376.

Reading Counts RC K-2 5.2 1 Quiz: 37825 Guided reading level: R.
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QH541.5.R27 G85 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH541.5.R27 G85 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH541.5.R27 G85 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH541.5.R27 G85 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH541.5.R27 G85 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH541.5.R27 G85 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Splitter, splat, splash! While they sleep, the forest fills with the sounds of the night creatures. Sloop! A silky anteater slurps up thousands of ants. Flap flap! A bat bites a fig. Hssss. A snake thrusts its tongue to taste the air. The air carries the taste of mouse. Everywhere night creatures with huge bright eyes slither and slurp through the darkness.

Come explore the rain forest!

A downpour wakes the creatures of the rain forest. Howler monkeys roar and drink the water that drips from nearby leaves. Birds with rainbow beaks fly in search of shelter. A poison dart frog finds a tiny pool where her tadpoles can grow. In a place that gets twenty feet of rain a year, it is a way of life.

Vibrant, colorful collages and an inviting text take young readers on an exhilarating tour of the tropical rain forest.

Author Notes

Brenda Z. Guiberson has written many books for children, including Cactus Hotel , Spoonbill Swamp , Moon Bear and Disasters . As a child, Brenda never thought she wanted to be a writer--her dreams tended more toward jungle explorer. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in English and Fine Art. She started thinking about writing for children when her son went to elementary school, and she volunteered in his class and in the school library. After taking exciting trips that involved a fifty-foot cactus, hungry alligators and sunset-colored spoonbills, she wanted to create books for childrenthat would be like a field trip. Her books are full of well-researched detail, and Brenda sees this research as an adventure--one that allows her to be a jungle explorer at last. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Steve Jenkins is the acclaimed illustrator or author/illustrator of numerous books, including The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest , which received the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his family.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. Splitter, splat, splash! As a rainstorm thrums through the treetops, a tropical forest comes alive. Vibrant words and sensory impressions bring the creatures' noisy cacophony and slithering, swooping motions up close, while gracefully incorporated facts convey a surprising amount of information about basic survival. Each spread describes rain forest animals, from tiny scissor-jawed ants to white-tailed deer as they search for food, fend off enemies, and protect their young. Guiberson doesn't shy away from the realities of predators and death: an eagle carries off a cute capuchin monkey in her talons--dinner for her hungry chicks. But the author balances the heavier facts with lighter ones. The proportions of the animals in Jenkins' paper-cut collages may occasionally confuse children: on one spread, a mouse and sloth appear to be the same size. But the artist's colorful, textured images create a rich sense of atmosphere, and the precise details and lively compositions will easily draw children back to the text. Final spreads of a scientist, suspended in the forest canopy as she studies medicinal plants, reinforce how humans, too, are part of life in the wild forest. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Jenkins's collages also shine in Rain, Rain, Rain Forest by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illus. by Steve Jenkins, particularly the thin, nearly transparent strips of paper used to intimate rain. The attractive volume transports readers into the steamy, humid depths of a habitat where ticks and moths live in the fur of a sloth and azteca ants and aphids work in tandem, devouring tree trunks for nourishment. A scientist arrives late in the account, seeking undiscovered creatures and curatives. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-This eye-catching picture book transports readers to a tropical rain forest. Smoothly incorporating a great deal of information, the text follows creatures such as a sloth, capuchin monkeys, and a poison-dart frog as they move through their habitat. Guiberson conveys the relationships among different animals by describing their activities at various times of day. Small dramas such as a squabble over nest space reveal the continual change and movement in this environment. Effective use of onomatopoeia further enhances the narrative with forest sounds. Jenkins uses his signature collage style to bring this realm alive for viewers. Although his humans seem a bit stiff, they are minor figures in the overall portrayal of the lush, green world. Even collections with several volumes about rain forests will want this introduction.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.