Academic journal article Language Arts

Rainforest Colors

Academic journal article Language Arts

Rainforest Colors

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Rainforest Colors Written by Janet Lawler Photographs by Tim Laman National Geographic Society, 2014, 31 pp., ISBN 978-1-4263-1733-0

Bright green endpapers with a flying rhinoceros hornbill shown against a goldenrod background pull readers into the brilliant colors of unique animals inhabiting our planet's rainforests. In focus on the first double-page spread, these brightly billed birds perch high in a tree and frame the vastness of a rainforest that extends as a blurred backdrop to the title page. Turning the page, readers enter the forest and are greeted by the direct gaze of a red leaf monkey carrying her baby, their luxurious orange hairs individually visible in the high-resolution image. This visual feast is continued in photographs of a luminous blue Ulysses butterfly, the sharp yellow of an orb weave spider's head, a flamboyantly scarlet ibis, two softbrown tree kangaroos, a bubbly pink fiddler crab, and the vibrant violet feathers of a purple honeycreeper-among other remarkable animals. …

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