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Rain Forests: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #6: Afternoon on the Amazon First Edition
Contributor(s): Osborne, Mary Pope, Osborne, Will, Murdocca, Sal (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0375813551     ISBN-13: 9780375813559
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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Published: September 2001
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Annotation: What is the strangest plant in the rain forest? Which rain forest animal is the creepiest? What medicines have been discovered there? How can we save our rain forests? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Magic Tree House Research Guide: Rain Forests, Jack and Annie's very own guide to the mysteries of the rain forest. Includes information on rain forests around the world; fun facts about rain-forest bugs, birds, plants, and animals; maps and photographs; and much more!


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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Rain forest ecology; Juvenile literature.
Rain forest ecology.
Ecology.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Readers
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Trees & Forests
Dewey: 577.34
LCCN: 00054780
Lexile Measure: 730
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Magic Tree House Fact Trackers
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.50" W x 0.25" (0.30 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 61523
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q28003
Reading Level: 2.9   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 3.0
 
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Publisher Description:
What is the strangest plant in the rain forest? Which rain forest animal is the creepiest? What medicines have been discovered there? How can we save our rain forests? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Magic Tree House Research Guide: Rain Forests, Jack and Annie' s very own guide to the mysteries of the rain forest. Includes information on rain forests around the world; fun facts about rain-forest bugs, birds, plants, and animals; maps and photographs; and much more

Contributor Bio(s): LL OSBORNE and MARY POPE OSBORNE have been married for a number of years and live in northwestern Connecticut with their three dogs, Joey, Mr. Bezo, and Little Bear.

Mary is the author of over one hundred books for children, including novels, picture books, biographies, and retellings of fairy tales and world mythologies. Will has worked for many years in the theater as an actor, director, and playwright. Together he and Mary have coauthored two books of Greek mythology and eight Magic Tree House® Fact Trackers. Will has also written a multimedia planetarium show, Magic Tree House Space Mission, and is cocreator with Randy Courts of Magic Tree House: The Musical, a full-scale Broadway-style family musical based on Christmas in Camelot.

SAL MURDOCCA has illustrated more than 200 children's trade and text books. He is also a librettist for children's opera, a video artist, an avid runner, hiker, and bicyclist, and a teacher of children's illustration at the Parsons School of Design. Sal lives and works in New York with his wife, Nancy.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Spring)
The information in this slim volume is well organized and interesting, but the format doesn't do justice to the topic. The numerous black-and-white drawings and poor-quality photos fail to provide an adequate picture of the lush rainforest environment. Even so, due to an accessible writing style and the series' popularity, the book offers an adequate introduction to the rainforest. A list of resources is appended. Ind. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2002 March)
Gr 2-4-In this companion to Afternoon on the Amazon (Random, 1995), Jack and Annie encourage readers to undertake their own research related to the rain forest, and that is excellent advice. With the number of full-color, larger-format titles available on the topic, it is hard to justify sticking with the brief introduction and small, black-and-white photos this book offers. Drawings of the children appear somewhere on almost every page, and perhaps their die-hard fans will slog along to keep them in view. However, the book doesn't even provide detailed information on some plants and animals that play an important role in the fictional adventure. For example, the frightening vampire bats and piranhas the children encounter are barely mentioned. The mango, which is the item they need to bring back from their adventure, isn't even included in this title. Tips for research and lists of books, museums, videos, and Web sites could be useful, but it's hard to recommend purchasing a resource that lacks the attributes necessary to do its own subject justice.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
 
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