Synopses & Reviews
Rainforests cover only 6 percent of the Earth's surface, yet they support more than half of the world's plant and animal species. In this wet and often unstable environment, how do animals like the Jaguar, Giant Centipede, Common Vampire Bat, and the Harpy Eagle adapt for survival? With some tricks that sound like they'd be at home in the latest sci-fi-toxic skin, poison-injecting fangs, sonic muscles, and hidden wings are just a few of the astounding tools that they have at their disposal. With the most up-to-date information, and plenty of resources for further research, Extreme Rainforest is the ultimate exploration of this intense environment.
Rainforests cover only 6 percent of the Earth's surface, yet they support more than half of the world's plant and animal species. In this wet and often unstable environment, how do the sneaky creatuers creeping on the forest floor, the amazing animals lurking in plant pools, and the large beasts navigating the treacherous treetops adapt for survival? Toxic skin, poison-injecting fangs, sonic muscles, and hidden wings are just a few of the astounding tools that rainforest animals have at their disposal.
About the Author
has a B.A. in Integrative Biology from the University of California at Berkeley with
specialization in physiology and animal behavior, as well as an advanced degree in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She has worked at Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science as a Chemistry and
Biology instructor, the San Francisco Bay Area Discovery Museum as an science advisor, and volunteered at Boston's Franklin Park Zoo in the children's area. In addition, she reviewed video games for children at Boston's MacDirectory Magazine, giving her a keen appreciation of how kids interact with media of all kinds, and a flair for explaining it. She lives in Benicia, California. Sarah Hines Stephens is a professional writer who lives in Oakland, California. As a mother of two she has done a wide range of volunteer teaching assignments with children in the 8 to 12 age range, and has authored a wide range of educational books including Show Off, an activities book featuring science, nature, and other facts, and How to Bring Up Baby, for new parents. She was also instrumental in the creation of a number of branded books for the Gymboree Play & Music Programs, focusing on education and activities for young children.