Rain Forests 2
Take a winding journey through the world’s rain forests, which contain 90 percent of Earth’s plant and animal species, but cover less than 10 percent of the globe. Statistics like this abound in Rain Forests 2, which traces many of the essential items of everyday life back to their roots as – well, roots. Coffee, chocolate, Brazil nuts – these and many other tasty treats come from rain forests around the world, which are also home to Earth’s oddest creatures, like the proboscis monkey and the archer fish. Rain forests, for kids who thrive on the strange and surreal, embody Mother Nature’s whimsical – and highly intelligent – design.
Not to be outdone, the native peoples of the rain forest are revealed in their dazzling array of customs and costumes. Kids will see how rain forest inhabitants use its natural bounty for clothing, food, and shelter, and learn how these harmonious lifestyles are being threatened by deforestation. They’ll also get info on ecotourism, which will help them understand how being sensitive to the environment can help save the rain forests. For kids who dream of traveling to faraway places, this issue gives them tips on the great impact they can play in rain forests’ survival – without ever leaving home – then finishes with some tasty recipes that feature rain forest ingredients.