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At Home in the Rainforest by Diane Willow

By Diane Willow

A thrilling creation to existence within the Amazonian rain woodland.

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It peacefully munches the long grasses and moist water lilies. The iguana is an excellent underwater swimmer so it dives below to swim back to the riverbank. Below the surface, however, the waters are becoming murky. Amazonian katydid Brazilian tapir and baby capybara queen’s wreath Before people began chopping down the trees, the waters of the stream were deep and crystal clear. Now, when it rains, there are fewer tree roots to hold the earth and soak up the water. The red mud slides into the river instead of being held together by tree roots.

Over half of the creatures in the world make their homes in tropical rain forests. There are so many different kinds of plants and animals that we don’t even know them all yet. People are learning how each kind of plant and animal is needed to keep the rain forest healthy. And, most importantly, we are learning that only people can save the rain forests.

Amazonian katydid Brazilian tapir and baby capybara queen’s wreath Before people began chopping down the trees, the waters of the stream were deep and crystal clear. Now, when it rains, there are fewer tree roots to hold the earth and soak up the water. The red mud slides into the river instead of being held together by tree roots. If the trees continue to be cut down, the creatures and plants you saw in this book will disappear. Many others will disappear, too. Over half of the creatures in the world make their homes in tropical rain forests.

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