A is for Anaconda: A Rainforest Alphabet
by Anthony D. Fredericks
At one time rainforests covered about 14% of the earth's surface; now they're reduced to just 6%. As home to some of the most diverse plant and animal species ever known, this decline has grave implications for both man and animal kingdoms. A is for Anaconda: A Rainforest Alphabet explores the world's rainforests as it explains their important role and showcases their wonders. Nature writer Anthony Fredericks gives an A-Z tour of the many facets and fascinating facts of these tropical environments. Exotic inhabitants including the basilisk lizard and kinkajou are highlighted, along with explanations of forest structure such as understory and canopy. In A is for Anaconda young readers will meet the many endangered plant and animal species, understand the progression of a food web, and appreciate why the rainforest has been called the "world's medicine chest."Anthony D. (Tony) Fredericks is a frequent traveler to the rainforests of Hawaii and Central America. He is the author of many nature and animal books for children, including several award-winning titles. When not visiting classrooms across the country, Tony teaches education courses at York College in York, PA. Laura Regan is nationally known for her rich, contemporary style of painting and her many award-winning children's books featuring exotic flora and fauna. Her artwork has been used to raise funds for many wildlife organizations. Laura lives in the Bay Area in California.
- Dewey: 591.734
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585363179): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2009, 04/27/2009
- PDF (9781627531610): 40 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Hosted ebook (9781627534000): 40 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Subject: Language Arts
- Series: Science Alphabet
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
- ATOS Reading Level: 6.7
- ATOS Interest Level: MG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 130739
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century (JNF025210)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts / Alphabet (JNF013010)
- New York State Reading Assoc. Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List--Primary Category, Commended, 2012
- National Best Books Award Finalist--Children's Picture Book Hardcover Non-Fiction Category, Runner-up, 2009
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Author: Anthony D. Fredericks
Anthony is well known for his energetic, humorous, and highly informative school visits throughout North America. The award-winning author's dynamic presentations have captivated thousands of students in Canada, Mexico, and across the United States. He is as passionate about kids and learning as he is about children's literature. A former elementary teacher and reading specialist, Anthony is the author of more than 100 books, including more than 65 teacher resource books and three-dozen children's books. His education titles include the best-selling Science Fair Handbook (3rd Ed.), which he co-authored with Isaac Asimov (Goodyear) and the hugely popular Frantic Frogs and Other Frankly Fractured Folktales for Readers Theatre (Teacher Ideas Press). Fredericks is also the author of several trade books including the perennial favorite The Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Teacher. Anthony is a professor of education at York College, York, Pennsylvania where he teaches elementary methods courses and children's literature.
Illustrator: Laura Regan
Laura Regan, born in Canada and raised in California, studied graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art, but soon found that painting was her true passion. She began illustrating books in 1990 after hearing that school children were captivated by an exhibit of her exotic wildlife paintings, particularly those with creatures from the rainforest. She has illustrated several award-winning books and has used her art to help raise funds for various wildlife organizations. Laura lives near San Francisco with her husband. Together they have six grown children.