Over in the Jungle by Marianne Berkes
A Rainforest Rhyme

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Rich with learning experiences, Berkes’ book elegantly combines art, reading, counting and music with the natural sciences.
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Teachers and parents, here is the easiest, most entertaining way ever to teach about this important habitat. The special talent of this author is entertaining kids while the adults think it is a lesson about the rainforest. Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among monkeys that hoot, ocelots that pounce, parrots that squawk, and boas that squeeze! It will not take much to have your child joyfully hooting and squawking too. And the illustrations are painstakingly all done in polymer clay and then photographed, giving a 3-D effect. They are truly remarkable, vividly conveying the abundant energy of a rainforest, and will inspire many an art project. Plus there are several pages of extension ideas for curriculum and art projects as well as resources on the web and elsewhere.
 

About Marianne Berkes

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Marianne Berkes is the author of nine (and counting) award-winning picture books, all inspired by her love of nature. A former teacher, librarian and children's theater director, Marianne brings her experiences to good use, as she combines fact and fiction. Her entertaining and informative books are:· Marsh Music, Lerner Publications· Seashells by the Seashore, Dawn Publications· Marsh Morning, Lerner Publications· Over in the Ocean, in a Coral Reef, Dawn Publications· Over in the Jungle, a Rainforest Rhyme, Dawn Publications· Going Around the Sun, Some Planetary Fun, Dawn Publications· Over in the Arctic: Where the Cold Winds Blow, Dawn Publications· Going Home, the Mystery of Animal Migration, Dawn Publications· Over in Australia, Amazing Animals Down Under, Dawn Publications 2011· Animalogy, Sylvan Dell Publishing, coming in August 2011· Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek! Dawn Publications, 2012· The Tree That Bear Climbed, Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2012· What's in the Garden? Dawn Publications 2012 In Over in the Ocean, in a Coral Reef, Berkes created a counting book with a musical element, using the familiar song, "Over in the Meadow" as a literary technique-one that engages children actively and assists in the learning process. This book, illustrated by Jeanette Canyon in clay art, has won numerous awards and is on many School and Library Reading Lists, including Bank Street College of Education. In 2007 it won a Florida Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Using the same technique, this author-illustrator team released Over in the Jungle, a Rainforest Rhyme in 2007, which has been awarded an iParenting Media Award, a Mom's Choice Award, the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award, an IRA Teachers' Choice Award and the New York State Reading Association's Charlotte Award. Going Around the Sun, Some Planetary Fun was released in March 2008, illustrated by Janeen Mason and Over in the Arctic, Where the Cold Winds Blow, illustrated by Jill Durbin, was released in Sept. 2008. Both of these books received an iParenting Media Award, a Mom's Choice Award, and the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Berkes' eighth book was released in 2010. Going Home, the Mystery of Animal Migration, illustrated by Jennifer DiRubbio, has already won awards from several environmental organizations as well as the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Gold Book Award and a Mom's Choice Gold Award. Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under, just released in March, is illustrated in cut paper art by Jill Dubin. Five different illustrators bring their unique talents to the beautiful art work in each of Berkes' books. Animalogy will be released by Sylvan Dell Publishing in August 2011, and will be illustrated by a sixth illustrator, Cathy Morrison. Berkes is a favorite presenter at schools, conferences and literary festivals, and lives in Hobe Sound, Florida with her husband, Roger. She is listed in "Something About the Author," and "Who's Who in American Education," and Who's Who in America."Her website is http://www.marianneberkes.com/.
 
Published September 11, 2012 by Dawn Publications. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Rich with learning experiences, Berkes’ book elegantly combines art, reading, counting and music with the natural sciences.

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