In honor of Earth Day today, I’m reviewing We’re Roaming in the Rainforest, a wonderful and beautifully illustrated book that celebrates one of the world’s greatest environmental treasures, the South American rain forest. We’re Roaming in the Rainforest begins with a sunrise that greets three children on their adventure through the rain forest. From the first page, the illustrations take your breath away with bright colorful drawings of butterflies, palm trees, lizards and other species of the rain forest.
The story explains of how ants store food, how spiders spin their webs and how alligators and cougars hunt prey, all in a wonderful rhyme that ends with the children listening to the rain forest “lullabies” – the night sounds that take place in the rain forest when the sun sets. I can’t say enough good things about this book! From its wonderful ability to teach without being boring, to its bright and beautiful illustrations, the story leaves you refreshed, with a happy, hopeful feeling.
After telling of the rain forest’s wonders, the learning continues with a beautifully illustrated map of South America, summaries of the people and animals of the rain forest, and facts on how the rain forest’s is being destroyed and the need for conservation. I love this aspect of the book because it encourages discussion between parents and children to learn more about the rain forest and the planet in general.
Author: Laurie Krebs — Illustrator: Anne Wilson