One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest

by Jean Craighead George

Other authorsGary Allen (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1998



Local notes

PB Geo



Scholastic, Inc. (1998), Edition: 4th Printing, 66 pages


The future of the Rain Forest of the Macaw depends on a scientist and a young Indian boy as they search for a nameless butterfly during one day in the rain forest.


Original publication date


Physical description

66 p.


0590379461 / 9780590379465



User reviews

LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
This book details what is happening in a stretch of rainforest minute by minute. It tells the stories of many animals, and focuses on a boy and scientist trying to save the forest by discovering a new species of butterfly.
LibraryThing member BobbyFleming
This book is about a boy that lives in the tropical rainforest. What the boy is trying to stop from happing is a bulldozers from coming and destroying his homeland. The book also talks about what the rainforest looks like and what type of animals live in the rainforest.
LibraryThing member flemmily
Tepui lives near the Tropical Rainforest of the Macaw. He is assisting scientists studying the vast range of animals and plants. The rainforest is scheduled for demolition, but if Tepui can help find an undiscovered butterfly, he may be able to save countless lives.
One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest is stuffed to the gills with detail about plants and animals that thrive in the unique environment of a tropical rainforest. The over-arcing plot is extremely straightforward, the book's complexity is derived solely from the level of scientific detail on the life and habits of rainforest creatures. Therein lies the problem with this book. The vocabulary and details describing these creatures is on or above the reading level of 9-12 year olds. These details are not very well integrated into the plot however, and the resulting storyline is extremely simplistic. I am skeptical that this book will appeal to any but the most dedicated rainforest fans. And those may prefer a more straightforward, non-fiction approach.… (more)
LibraryThing member enbrown504
I really loved this book. I thought it was informative, entertaining and profound in its message of conservational awareness. The book takes the form of an informational story picture book in which a native boy and a research scientist explore a jungle on the day it is supposed to be cut down for agricultural development. They are in search of a previously unnamed and documented species of butterfly to name after the daughter of a wealthy investor who has agreed to buy the land for conservation on the condition that rain forest be named after his daughter and the new butterfly. The text while telling this story of their search and the impending doom of the approaching sawyers, describes the jungle environment and its ecological aspects and significance. The story is around the level of upper elementary to middle school but would be beneficial and enjoyable for all ages. The author is a Newbery award winning writer and there is bibliography with a list of references that are extensive relative to the length of the book. The format is narrative and chronological. It specifically takes the time span of a day, from sunrise to sunset, including time notations within the text. Nice black and white illustrations complement the story and the information contained within it. An index in the back of the book adds to the reference and informational aspect of the book. The depth and detail of information is not great but it serves well as a captivating introduction to the concepts and issues surrounding tropical forest conservation. I plan to use this book as an attention grabbing introduction to units on either conservation of ecology.… (more)




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