Barefoot Books has a new and absolutely beautiful book out, We're Roaming in the Rainforest written by Laurie Krebs with illustrations by Anne Wilson.
I was lucky enough to be in a position to buy the book from the lovely and talented author Laurie Krebs, and she signed it to Toots and another copy to my young nephews, who are in kindergarten and first grade.
It is a magical introduction to creatures you would see in the Amazon Rainforest, told with wonder and through the eyes of three kids who hover in the background of the full, full pages of art. It's like entering the rainforest itself, where you get to swim with pink river dolphins, hang with sloths, squawk with parrots, sssslither with snakes and lizards and jump with monkeys.
Toots is so in love with the book, she has to sleep with it, after I've read it to her umpteen times. Then she woke up this morning, and went searching immediately for the green, green world within its pages.
Now don't tell anyone of a certain age that they might enjoy it, too, just hand it to an eleven year old and see what happens. Captain Comic was enthralled. There's a bit of an encyclopedia at the back, after the younger kid romp through the rainforest. This section gives fabulous information on the creatures, conservation, and even the different tribes of people that can be found along the banks of the Amazon River.
And guess what? I really enjoy it, too. I definitely feel transported to the rainforest as I turned each page.
So don't wait! Hurry up and find a copy for yourself and kids, and if you can't find it in your local bookstore, ask them to stock it!!!