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Today I’m so happy to introduce Jakki of Barefoot in Belfast, a Barefoot Books ambassador, and a personal friend.  We met when our babies were young when we attended the same La Leche League group.  My Tristan is not a baby anymore I must say, as yesterday was his 6th birthday – how time flies!  I hadn’t seen Jakki for a while so I was very happy to hear from her again.   She’s chosen ‘We’re Roaming in the Rainforest:  An Amazon Adventure’ by Laurie Krebs and Anne Wilson for us to review today.  We received a copy of this book in exchange for our honest opinions.

We're Roaming The Rainforest review by Crystal's Tiny Treasures

I have been so happy with Jakki’s choice of We’re Roaming in the Rainforest for us.  We’ve previously learned a little about Peru, its people and food, and this book has helped us to widen our understanding of the geography, climate and people of South America.

The illustrations by Anne Wilson are bright and colourful and completely fill the pages.  You can feel closeness of the rainforest around you.  The pages are busy and there is a lot to see with little bits hidden in here and there.

We’re Roaming in the Rainforest is about three multicultural children who spend a day from sunrise to sunset roaming the rainforest and discovering it’s interesting animals and the noises they make.

Afternoon story time, Reading We're Roaming in the Rainforest, great daycare books, great story books for homeschooling, photo

The children are in the background of each page; small and hidden.  It makes the feeling of the immense  rainforest that much greater.  As you turn each page you’ll be introduced to a new creature with the rhyme of Laurie Krebs.

“Snooze” yawn the sloths,

all ready to doze.

“We’ll nap in the trees

as we cling by our toes”

While reading this book you’ll visit 14 animals ranging from geckos to poison dart frogs to pink river dolphins.  At the end of the book there are an additional nine pages with more information on each of the creatures mentioned in the book.  There’s a map to show where the Amazon Rainforest is located and more information about it.

There are two pages dedicated to the Peoples of the Amazon Rainforest and you’ll learn about the Matis, the Yanomami and the Riberenos.  We’ve done a little more research on our own about the Matis after reading about them.  We’ve already learned more about the Matis, which you can find out here.

The first time we read this book corresponded with the same week Tristan planted a tree at a garden allotment during a hedgerow foraging walk.  The timing was perfect because then he could better relate about the oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange and about the rainforest being called the “lungs of our planet”.   There is also more information about conservation at the end of this book, including links to organisations for further information.

Planting a holly bush for conservation, Crystal's Tiny Treasures, photo

We’re Roaming in the Rainforest can be used to introduce so many topics of discussion:

  • science, oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange in plants.
  • changes in the climate and landscape.
  • learn about cultures different from yours.
  • animals and their surroundings.
  • geography, where is the Amazon Rainforest in relation to where you live?  How does the land differ?
  • learn about conservation and how you can do your bit.
  • learn about the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and why this is important
  • talk about camouflage and why it is important to animals.Physical activity, hang like a sloth, sleep like a jaguar is one activity my children have been enjoying!

Pretending to be Amazon Rainforest animals, interactive story books for children, photo

Jakki is a mum of 2 girls aged 5 and 3.  After she was made redundant last year she decided that she wanted to have a job that would fit around her family and that would let her run her own business her own way.  She chose to go with Barefoot Books because of their relaxed and open culture and because as a company they fit in well with her own values.

As an ambassador she visits children’s/toddler groups and hosts home parties where you can browse and buy at home. (There will be themed parties launching soon, follow her Barefoot in Belfast Blog , or Facebook page, to find out the details when they’re announced).  You can also Follow Jakki and Barefoot in Belfast on Twitter and Pinterest.

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At Barefoot Books, we celebrate art and story that opens the hearts and minds of children from all walks of life, focusing on themes that encourage independence of spirit, enthusiasm for learning and respect for the world’s diversity.

If you’d like a chance to win We’re Roaming in the Rainforest, or any other Barefoot Book with a value of up to £10.00, please enter the Rafflecopter below.  Please note that for this giveaway you must have a UK or Eire mailing address.

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94 Responses so far.

  1. I can’t enter to win since I’m in the USA but it looks like a cute book!

  2. peter wtason says:

    me and my son like monkeys

  3. Clifford Sherwood says:

    Spiders

  4. Zoe G says:

    I love the Amazon Parrot, the colours are amazing

  5. Claire D says:

    My favourite is the amazon horned frog

  6. Ashleigh Allan says:

    Monkeys!

  7. Kathy Cakebread says:

    lovely book

  8. Luz ferguson says:

    Great comp

  9. Kerry Charlesworth says:

    My daughter loves monkeys :-) this book looks awesome!

  10. clair downham says:

    parrots they are so cheeky and colourful

  11. katie skeoch says:

    It would have to be the river dolphin – amazing creatures!

  12. claire WOODS says:

    Red-Eyed Tree Frog

  13. Roshni says:

    Ah, unfortunately, I’m not eligible to enter the giveaway but it sounds like a great book!

  14. This looks like a fun book. I’m sure your kids loved it, I know mine would as well!

  15. makila wheatley says:

    monkey

  16. It looks like a fun, educational, and colorful book1 I love how you changed your background to match the book.

  17. Tina Holmes says:

    Fogs

  18. Lauren Tourle says:

    Monkeys :)

  19. Michaela Turner says:

    Tree Frogs

  20. laura stewart says:

    Monkeys :)

  21. Kim Campbell says:

    Monkeys

  22. Kim neville says:

    monkeys as my boy loves them as well

  23. Zoe Roxby says:

    Parrot

  24. Laura Pritchard says:

    The black panther!

  25. Sarah scoulding says:

    Satanic leaf tailed gecko sounds bizarre but surprising cute google it

  26. katie Kathurima says:

    Monkeys

  27. claire griffiths says:

    monkeys

  28. Michelle Ferguson says:

    Monkeys

  29. Karen Usher says:

    Macaw Parrots, just beautiful!

  30. Tracy C says:

    Little un and I love birds so parrots our our faves.

  31. Ruth Harwood says:

    Parrot

  32. christine shelley says:

    The parrots

  33. karen hutchinson says:

    chameleon

  34. Mickie Bull says:

    Toucans

  35. Harriet says:

    Parrots

  36. Chuck says:

    The Army ants. They’re beautiful

  37. EJ Dunn says:

    Toucan

  38. Solange says:

    Monkeys

  39. Savannah Mae says:

    Stopping by to say hi from Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  40. Ali says:

    I love the big cats

  41. Jenna Knight says:

    Definitely the majestic jaguar. Wonderful book I am entering this competition for my niece, she would love this xxx

  42. Reshama says:

    The cover illustration is awesome! Definitely inviting for little minds. I love that learning about our environment can be made so much fun through story telling!
    Thanks for sharing on Kidlit Bloghop!
    -Reshama @Stackingbooks

  43. The book sounds great and I love that it features multicultural children! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!
    Tina

  44. Love the pictures in this one. On my TBR book for my grandson. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheryl, Hop Hostess

  45. Keri Jones says:

    Tree frogs- they are so pretty!

  46. Phyllis Ellett says:

    Love the Rainforest Beetles, The Rhinoceros Beetle is the best.

  47. Pam Francis Gregory says:

    Parrot

  48. Sarah Rees says:

    I love the parrots with all those fantastic colours

  49. lowri earith says:

    tree frog definitely

  50. KATHARINE BOURNE-FRANCIS says:

    Parrot

  51. Kirsty Harrington says:

    Jaguar

  52. Tracey says:

    Spiders!

  53. C Parkin says:

    The Capuchin monkey

  54. Karen R says:

    I love sloths, they’re so bizarre and different to other creatures :)

  55. NICOLA TERRY says:

    Blue poison frog

  56. sam cornford says:

    Parrots. :)

  57. Leanne Bell says:

    My 4 year old Daughter is really into snakes at the moment so I think she would say snakes.

  58. sj wesley says:

    Tigers :)

  59. Gerri Tennant says:

    Tree Frogs – deadly but so pretty.

  60. Lucy Carter says:

    Tree frogs

  61. Nicola Holland says:

    The sloth – everything in it’s own time :)

  62. Susan Carter says:

    Parrot

  63. Becky Shorting says:

    parrots!

  64. catriona nation says:

    the river dolphin

  65. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    Squirrel monkeys are so cute :)

  66. Wendy Guy says:

    The parrots, they are soooooooooooo colourful.

  67. Rachel Craig says:

    Monkeys.

  68. vicky M says:

    Frog i think the colours are pretty awesome

  69. tobys proud mummy toys says:

    Love Monkeys especially the cheeky little Macau ones xxxx

  70. cathyj says:

    amaon parrot

  71. Katie Walden Hall says:

    Parrots

  72. Jennifer Rhymer says:

    Passion fruit plants – the flowers are stunning :)

  73. Sarah Parker says:

    morgan

  74. Hayley Todd says:

    I absolutely love Jaguars

  75. Gina M says:

    Monkeys

  76. Laura Corrall says:

    My daughter is a big fan of Parrots.

  77. Adrian Clarke says:

    Sloth

  78. Champaklal Lad says:

    Anaconda

  79. Emma Baker says:

    monkeys

  80. Squawking colourful parrots

  81. Rosalind Blight says:

    Monkeys

  82. GEORGE WILLIAMSON says:

    Monkeys & parrots

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