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A story of a young child exploring the forest with “Tito” for the day. They pass many different animals... hearing the sounds they make and seeing the part of the forest that they inhabit. Bats sleep, crocodiles lounge down below, monkeys swing and other animals forage for food. The forest is wet and rainy with only the pitter patter of raindrops. Then loud and sunny, with the calls of exotic animals. This book is not very informative or educational, but the illustrations are beautiful and I use it as a read aloud to give my children a tiny glimpse into the rainforest.
My 2 year old loves these books, we have all 4 - we re-read them all week long. Beautiful illustrations, well written, quality printing and paper along with a refreshing vertical book format - bonus: diverse ethnic backgrounds / age / relationships represented. I just love these books! I hope they have more in the works.
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
Kate Messner and Christopher Silas explore the rainforest in the fourth installment of their Over and Under series, Over and Under the Rainforest.
“Into the rainforest we hike, through slivers of sunlight and dripping wet leaves.”
Under the canopy of the rainforest hundreds of animals make their homes, but up in the leaves hides another world. Readers are introduced to more than 15 animals and insects that call the rainforest their home. The adventure unfolds through the eyes of a child, bringing their wonderment to the fore.
Kat Messner’s lyrical text sings from the page: “At the base of the bridge, an orb spider weaves her web — a golden tapestry that will catch moonlight and insects tonight.”
Messner’s text is paired with equally lovely illustrations by Christopher Silas Neal. Each turn of the page brings a new exciting discovery.
This is the first book in the Over and Under series that I’ve read, but now I want them all. This would be a good choice for nature and animal lovers alike.
*Review based on advanced copy provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.