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UNA'S JUNGLE JOURNEY

Author: Fred Otis Gibson

Illustrator: Anna Skaradzinska, cover art; Jill Schmidt, illustrator

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Publisher: Seven Locks Press, ©2003

Material: hard cover

Summary: While helping her mother to get water, a little girl gets lost in the jungle and has to find her way back home. She meets interesting characters along the way, each offering special help and ultimately teaching her things about herself, the island and its creatures. This is a picture book adventure.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 6 to 10

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This was a dry not so well written book by Fred Otis Gibson. I read the first few chapters. It was one of the first books that I could put down easily. It might appeal to younger readers, but not so much to older readers.

Adult Reader Reaction: The author brings the reader into the story immediately. There is lots to learn about tropical flora and fauna and the story should capture the imagination and curiosity of most 8- to 10-year-olds.

Pros: It is an excellent little book that most middle school teachers would kill for to read aloud in the late afternoons. Great afternoon read aloud book for middle school audience.

Cons: Teen Reviewer noted that if you are a teacher it might be a good book to read to kindergartners. First graders might like it but once you get higher than that it might not be so appealing.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. It is worth having for a home, school, or public library. It is an excellent piece of children’s literature. The author seems to know the audience for whom the book was written and he hits all the hot buttons of his readership.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE DARK DREAMWEAVER (Book 1, Remin Chronicles)   GALAHAD 1: THE COMET'S CURSE   THERE'S A TIGER IN THE WOODS

Educational Themes: She finds friends in the forest who help her understand courage, self-confidence, appreciation of nature, and personal responsibility. One can certainly teach with this book the themes are universal and Una is a typical 8 to 10 year old.

Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, fantasy, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2005

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