Charley Harper's What's in the Rain Forest

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Part of the Nature Discovery Book series, What's in the Rain Forest? takes a journey through the rich beauty of the rain forest. Zoe Burke’s rhyming text introduces young readers to thirty different species of rain-forest dwellers, all depicted with colorful images taken from Harper’s painting "Monteverde," illustrating the various creatures inhabiting Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. The entire painting is reproduced on a foldout page at the end of the book, with a key identifying all the featured creatures.

Besides being fun to read, What’s in the Rain Forest? provides a great opportunity for children to learn about nature while also seeing how an artist interprets its diversity and beauty.

  • Hardcover Smyth-sewn casebound book, with jacket
  • 34 pages, fully illustrated
  • Size: 6.5 x 6 inches


About the Artist
Charley Harper (American, 1922–2007) made paintings filled with color, motion, and fun. His careful study of each creature helped him simplify its form so that its unique personality shone through. His work has been treasured by art and animal enthusiasts for decades.

About the Author
Zoe Burke is a mystery and children’s book writer. She is the author of two books in the Annabelle Starkey series, Jump the Gun and No Gun Intended (Poisoned Pen Press, 2013, 2016) and four books in the Nature Discovery Book series.


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