Over in the jungle:a rainforest rhyme
This is not just a counting book. I’ve read this book so many times that the poem is stuck in my head. Lyrical verses.
On my first read, I found that the pictures were very, very different. On digging further, I found more about the illustrations and how the artist created them-from polymer clay. She painstakingly creates each ‘sculpture’, bakes it, and takes pictures of it. Still cannot get my head around how she creates these real-looking sculptures. Beyond perfect. Not sure if any award would do justice in recognizing the effort, creativity, and awesomeness of the pictures. Another example to affirm the cliche’-The sky is the limit for creativity.
This book is good for early readers-Numbers are on each page accompanied by as many baby rain forest animals. There are also other assistive illustrative elements to look, count and learn numbers such as the same number of flowers or bananas or grass stalks or leaves as the number on the page.
For example, the #9 page has nine sloths, nine plantain leaves, and nine bananas. The last page is a collage of all ten number pages-kids can have fun finding the animals.
Check out the ‘Learning tools’ section for more activities to do with kids using this book.