Rainforests; some of the most important, precious and biodiverse places on Earth. Constantly under threat, these enchanting and magical worlds are the lungs of the planet and are filled with thousands of species of wildlife and plants, many of which we are still yet to discover. Rainforests are awesome and it is time for everyone to start raving about them…
The diversity of life within the planet’s rainforests never ceases to amaze me, as Charlotte Milner points out on the very first page, ‘Tropical rainforests cover less than 3 per cent of the planet, yet they contain at least half of all the world’s wildlife.’ That stat alone is sure to amaze and there is plenty more packed into this superb non-fiction book that is as as rich in content as the rainforests themselves.
Readers will quickly find themselves whisked away from the comforts of their home to some of the most magical places on Earth, the rainforests of the world. Milner expertly guides the reader on the adventure of a lifetime as she delves into all aspects of life in the rainforest taking in the plants, the animals, habitats, life cycles, threats to their future, climate change and what can be done to help.
Filled with accessible bite-sized chunks of information and vibrant artwork in the rich and lush colours of the rainforest, it is a superb introduction to rainforests and why they are essential to not only those that call them home but also the global community. Whether you choose to hang out in the sun-lit emergent layer, become part of the thriving wildlife community in the leafy canopy, or hang-out amongst the insects and bugs on the dark and damp forest floor, there is much to see, learn about and discover in this unique and beautiful place.
This fabulous non-fiction read will definitely help children to appreciate rainforests, understand their importance and will encourage future generations to do what they can to help - suggestions of supporting conservation groups, being ‘palm oil’ aware, looking for forest-friendly products and ways to reduce the carbon footprint will ensure children are raving about rainforests.
Recommended for 5+.