Who Lives in the Rainforest?: Discovering Animals (Fisher-Price)
Reviewed by Cayden (age 3.5) and Max (age 19 months) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (4/08)
“Who Lives in the Rainforest?: Discovering Animals” introduces your child to the elephants, giraffes, toucans, monkeys, butterflies and tigers who live in the rainforest. Each page focuses on a specific trait of the animal and asks your child if they see that certain part on the page. For instance, “Monkeys have curly tails. Do you see a curly tail hanging from the branch?” Once they find the tail they lift the flap and the whole monkey is revealed.
Both children love interactive books like “lift the flap books” and for us it is a great opportunity to teach taking turns.
Cayden: “I like flap books!”
Max: “Flap! Flap! Peek-a-boo!”
After establishing who got to open the first flap we got started reading.
Cayden: “Mom! It’s an elephant! Elephants say ‘mmmm’ with their horns!”
Cayden: “Is this the word elephant? Let me spell it!”
Max’s favorite page was the one with the tiger hiding behind the grass.
When asked what tigers say he and Cayden both said “Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!”
“Who Lives in the Rainforest?: Discovering Animals” is a very bright and colorful book. When the flap is lifted and the animal revealed the name of the animal is also printed there by itself. Isolating the animal name from the rest of the text is very helpful in assisting those beginning to recognize words and read. Cayden clued right in on those words and named and went through all of the letters in each one.
Fisher Price has a whole line of rainforest items. Max happens to own the Fisher Price train which has quite a few of the same animals that are in the book. I brought it out for him and he was excited to see that “his” animals were the same animals that were in the story. So, if you have any of the rainforest line that would be another fun game to use the book for and teach matching at the same time.