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Summary: Riley is very excited about going to the Amazon Rain Forest. He hoped to see man-eating piranhas and snakes, not just the Kapok trees Uncle Max was studying. One afternoon, he and cousin Alice went exploring, eager to find an undiscovered animal. In the process of tracking an animal, they got lost. Did they have the skills to find their way back to camp? This is an adventure picture book that, while fiction, is loaded with non-fiction content.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: 5 to 10
Age of Child: Read with 5½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Like Riley, our child was a little wary about this book. For whatever reason, the animals seemed more intimidating in this adventure. This was not as popular as other books in this series.
Adult Reader Reaction: With every adventure, we learn LOTS of new things. We continue to enjoy reading this series and look forward to reading them again when science and geography become more involved parts of our child's curriculum.
Pros: The book is crammed with fun stuff to do and learn. It covers geography, nature, animal habitat, and conservation in just a couple dozen pages.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! Whether your child likes adventures, science books, or just good stories, this is a great book to have. There is plenty that you can learn from reading (or going to the Web site), but just flipping the pages is informative, too.
Educational Themes: There is plenty to enjoy with the Adventures of Riley books. The book is packed with information for exploring your own backyard or learning more about the world: animals from insects to mammals; geography; ecosystems and conservation; careers in nature; and methods of scientific study.
Notes: Foreward Magazine's Book of the Year Award Finalist.
Literary Categories: fiction - nature, science, geography, travel, adventure, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2007
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