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Author: Angela Spady
Illustrator: Tammie Lyon
Publisher: Tommy Nelson: Thomas Nelson
Published: May 5th, 2015
This is another story in the Channing O’Banning series. The first one that I read and reviewed was “Channing O’Banning and the Turquoise Trail” and, like that one, this also has fifteen chapters, a “Did you know?” section, andis targeted at pupils aged from 6 to 10 years old who are independently reading longer stories. It tells the story of fourth grader Channing O’Banning as she struggles in Science, especially after the arrival of a new student, from Costa Rica, Marco. When Channing’s best friend really likes Marco, the two girls struggle to maintain their friendship and Channing clearly demonstrates her disbelief in all he says, so when Marco goes on holiday with Channing and her family it is sure to be eventful! Learn about the Costa Rican rainforest, the special plants, butterflies, birds and other wildlife that live there. Also learn how all this ecosystem is in danger because of deforestation and what Channing learns she can do to help protect such areas by going green.
This story is a great way to alert students to the dangers such fragile and important habitats are in because of the actions of mankind. The information and awareness is developed in the story as Channing learns about the situations and what she can do to help. Like in the other book in this series, it narrates many events and interactions that children in the target age group will be able to relate to. It also has moral messages included within the story that are clear but integral to the story and not forced or artificial. There’s lots of information shared about Costa Rica, especially the rainforests. I’m really impressed by this series, think it will really appeal to children and is a lovely way of helping them learn in a fun but memorable manner. There is extra information in the “Did you know” and “Want to Save the Rainforests? Here’s How!” sections and website addresses for anyone wishing to find further information. Teachers, I really recommend you check this out both as a reading book for children and an interesting way to share information about rainforests, recycling and going green.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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