Here Is The African Jungle

Summary:

Follow along the river's edge as we explore the trees and animals of Zimbabwe.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The illustrations are captivating, even if you don't read a word. There are plenty of opportunities to ask a child what s/he sees, and engage them in creating a unique story. The fact sheet in the back is great for older readers.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. The author did a great job of setting out the 'food chain' without taking that last step (or is it first bite?).


Little Kid Reaction

S/He was very interested in the animals' activities and particularly focused on their eyes. We had lots of questions, even though our preschooler was familiar with the animals.

Parent Reaction

This is a nice turn on your normal animal story. The animals aren't necessarily unfamiliar, but the house-that-jack-built cadence adds a lyrical quality that complements the incredible illustrations.

Type of Book:
This is an illustrated journey through the jungle at the edge of the Kalahari desert.
Educational Themes:

Combining the illustrations and the fact sheets creates opportunities to expand the material beyond the poem.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with child 4½ years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. The poem offers a wonderful alternative to introducing non-fiction data about animals in the African jungle.

Title Here Is the African Jungle
Author Phyl Manning
Publisher Wizard Graphics © 2006
Illustrators Steve Ferchaud
ISBN 0615133258
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.00
Genres Poetry, Animal (Nonfiction), Geography, Africa | African People
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