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August 2014 Children's Story Time

Tropical Tales and Jungle Books

Reading new books and old favorites on August 3 and 17

Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook with comfy kid-sized cushions, a bevy of stuffed animals and lively readers. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led children's tour of the Garden. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This event is suitable for children aged 4-8. Held on the first and third Sunday of every month at 10:30am, Storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. The tour leaves the Library at 11am. The Library also has an excellent collection of books for children on plants, natural history, general science and nature-related myths and stories.

The Forest in the Clouds. Collard, Sneed B. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2000.
Describes some of the plants and animals that live in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, and discusses some environmental threats faced by this region. (Advanced readers)
(j) QH541.5.R27cac C684 2000

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest. Cherry, Lynne. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.
The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home. (Early readers)
(j) QK495.B66 C4 C424 1990

How Monkeys Make Chocolate: Foods and Medicines from the Rainforests. Forsyth, Adrian. Toronto, Ontario, [Canada]: Owl Books, 1995.
Text and illustrations examine how the world's rainforests provide edible and useful plants for animals and people. (Advanced readers)
(j) QH541.5.R27 F7768h 1995

Jazzy in the Jungle. Cousins, Lucy. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2002.
Help Mama Jo-Jo the lemur find her baby Jazzy in this colorful, lift-the-flap jungle book. (Pre-readers)
(j) QH541.5 .R27 C836 2002

Jungle. Greenaway, Theresa. New York: DK Pub., 2009.
Illustrated with irresistibly detailed photographs, this book introduces readers to the many kinds of animals and plants found in rain forests of the world. (Advanced readers)
(j) QH541.5.R27 G828j 2009

Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1994.
Describes the climatic conditions of the rain forest as well as the different layers of plants and animals that comprise the ecosystem. (Advanced readers)
(j) QH541.5.R27 G352 1994

Nightwatch: Nightlife in the Tropical Rain Forest. Pleasantville, N.Y.: Reader's Digest Children's Books, 1999.
This fact-packed book describes the flora and fauna of rain forests around the world and contains revealing see-through illustrations. (Advanced readers)
(j) QH541.5.R27 R454 1999

The Parrot Tico Tango. Witte, Anna. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books, 2004.
A cumulative rhyme in which a greedy parrot keeps taking fruit from the other creatures of the rainforest until he can hold no more. (Early readers)
(j) SB379.A1 W783 2004

Plants of the Tropics. Reading, Susan. New York: Facts on File, 1990.
Surveys the varieties of plants that grow in the tropical forests of the world and describes how they adapt to the conditions of their environment. (Advanced readers)
(j) QK474.5 .R227 1990

Song of La Selva: A Story of a Costa Rican Rain Forest. Banks, Joan. Norwalk, CT: Soundprints, 1998.
A strawberry poison frog travels through a Costa Rican rain forest searching for his territory. Includes an illustrated glossary of plants and animals depicted in the story. (Advanced readers)
(j) QH541.5.R27cac B226 1998

Tingo Tango Mango Tree. Vaughan, Marcia K. Morristown, N.J.: Silver Burdett, 1995.
When iguana Sombala Bombala Rombala Roh grows a ripe, juicy, giant mango and tries to keep it for herself, she is outwitted by Bitteo Biteo the bat. (Early readers)
(j) SB379.M2 V465 1995

Welcome to the Green House. Yolen, Jane. New York: G. P. Putnam, 1993.
This book takes a clever approach to describing the tropical rainforest and the many life forms within. This is a loud house. A bright house... (Early readers)
(j) QH541.5.R27 Y78 1993

The Zabajaba Jungle. Steig, William. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1987.
Young Leonard explores the mysterious Zabajaba Jungle where he discovers a giant flower with sweet nectar. (Early readers)
(j) QK474.5 .St33 1987

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