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by Lynne Cherry
A children's classic! A young man chopping down a great Kapok tree in the Amazon rain forest soon becomes tired. He puts down his ax and falls asleep. One by one, the animals that live in and around the tree emerge to plead with him not to destroy their home. Stunningly illustrated, this inspired look at what the Kapok tree means to the creatures that live in it -- and what rain forests mean to the world's ecology -- was at the forefront of the ecological movement 15 years ago and continues to resonate profoundly with children everywhere.

by Susan K. Mitchell
Imaginations will soar from the forest floor, up through the canopy and back down again, following the circle of life in this clever adaptation of the song "The Green Grass Grew All Around." The jungle comes alive as children learn about a wide variety of the animals (jaguars, emerald tree boas, leafcutter ants, sloths, poison dart frogs, toucans, and bats) and plants (kapok trees, liana vines, and bromeliads) living in the lush Amazon rainforest.

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by Amanda Lumry
Riley and family visit the rain forests of Borneo to learn how figs, fig wasps, and orangutans all rely on each other for survival. Riley spots sun bears, proboscis monkeys, flying snakes and more while coming to the rescue of an orphaned orangutan. An award-winning children's book series unlike any other, the Adventures of Riley books feature rousing excitement, real-life science and scientists, and eye-popping multi-media visuals. Published by Eaglemont Press in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Wyland Foundation.

by Marianne Berkes
Sing, clap, and count your way among enchanting rainforest animals to the rhythm of the whimsical favorite "Over in the Meadow." This rainforest is teeming with monkeys that hoot, ocelots that pounce, parrots that squawk, and boas that squeeze. It won't take much to have your child joyfully hooting and squawking too. And the illustrations -- all done in polymer clay -- are truly remarkable, vividly conveying the abundant energy of a rainforest. This book was created by the award-winning author/illustrator team that brought you .

by Lynne Cherry, Mark J. Plotkin
For thousands of years, in the jungles of the Amazon, shamans have passed their wisdom of the medicinal values of rain forest plants from one generation to the next. The Shaman's Apprentice tells the story of a Tirio Indian boy who dreams of one day being the tribal shaman, and how he and his people learn the importance of their own knowledge about the healing properties of the rain forest.

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