|Once Upon A Jungle, by Laura Knowles and James Boast
Written by Laura Knowles
Illustrated by James Boast
Ages 5-8, 32 pp
Food Chain, Environment, Animals
Once upon a time, there lived a jungle.
In simple picture book style, the text of Once Upon a Jungle leads young readers through the food chain, beginning with ants and ending with decomposing animals. It may seem gruesome, but the subject is handled beautifully and expertly. A great introduction to the concept of the life cycle and the connections between all living things. Minimal back matter and stunning illustration make this an absolute must for home or school.
I fear this title will be overlooked or mislabeled (as it is in my library.)
What I Love:
The text is clever because it reduces a complex educational concept down to a simple, rhythmic format kids can relate to. Although the details of the food chain are presented in their most basic form, very young readers will catch the idea. The author has used spare yet playful text. The colorful graphic style will catch readers of all ages. Viewing the illustrator's skills at using positive and negative space is almost like finding hidden pictures. One double fold-out may make this less feasible for the library, but I hope that won't stop librarians from stocking a copy. Lovely from cover to cover.
This book was a finalist for the CYBILS Award.*
Hatching Chicks in Room 6 won the award in this category. You can read my review here.
|Kids can be part of the food chain
with this clever version of "ants on a log"
2. Kids can create a literal paper chain of animals to reinforce the book's concepts or ExploringNature.org offers a worksheet for little ones.
3. Please check out No Monkeys, No Chocolate, by Melissa Stewart, Allen Young, and Nicole Wong. I think it's a perfect pairing with Once Upon a Jungle, but for slightly older readers.
4. I end up reviewing a lot of science books for the very young. Here are some of my favorites.
|Best in Snow,
by April Pulley Sayre
by Carole Gerber and Leslie Evans
|Glow, by W. H. Beck,
Mark Laita, and others
|Plants Can't Sit Still,
by Rebecca Hirsch and Mia Posada
|There's a Bug on My Book
|Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter
6. And as always, a few offerings from the Perfect Picture Book Friday crew.
Reviewed by Julie
|A Troop is a Group of Monkeys
Reviewed by Stacy
Have you reviewed a Perfect Picture Book along this theme? Please leave the link in the comments below. Thanks!
Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday
for Friday, April 6, 2018 available on Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.
*As a CYBILS second round judge, I was expected to read and review this book honestly.