Something Wonderful

Something Wonderful
Hardcover, 10 x 10, 48 pages.
ISBN: 9780999896013.

By Matt Ritter , Nayl Gonzalez

This educational and interactive picture book immerses the reader in the strange and interwoven lifecycles of the rainforest. The beautifully illustrated pages follow the journey of a fig seedling making its own roots and leaves, growing strong, and eventually replacing the giant tree that was its host. As it produces flowers and fruit, it attracts pollinators. A delectable fig is hungrily eaten by a passing toucan who, upon flight, aimlessly drops a seed into the treetops below, beginning the fig’s lifecycle once again.

Readers will discover additional scientific information about the pollination process, insects, and animals in an illustrated section at the end of the book, and can play a “seek and find” game by locating the elusive red-eyed tree frog on each page of the story. With its engaging style and abundant imagery, Something Wonderful teaches the interdependence of rainforest ecology in an easy-to-follow, captivating story.

 

Reviews

"A great choice for classroom units on life cycles, symbiosis, and rain forest ecosystems." Booklist
"Ritter’s narrative offers condensed but informative text...Each page is executed with scientific precision, and an entire canopy of forest greens and brown tree bark are shown in panoramic spreads...A gorgeous-looking lesson that will satisfy kids and parents alike.” Kirkus
“By bringing children closer to nature—the complex nature of the tropics—this book both educates and delights! It is a joy for people of all ages to discover together.” Peter H. Raven, U.S. National Medal of Science Recipient, Former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
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Categories New Releases | Children | Nature

About the Authors

Matt Ritter

Matt Ritter

Matt Ritter is a biology professor in California. He is the author of several books including California Plants and A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us.  He has an infectious love of trees and all things botanical. He lives in San Luis Obispo, California.

Nayl Gonzalez

Nayl Gonzalez

Nayl Gonzalez is a first-generation college graduate of California Polytechnic State University with a degree in Forestry and Natural Resources. Her love of living things is expressed through her passion for art. Nayl lives and works in San Luis Obispo, California.

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