The Vanishing Rainforest - Human Impact on the environment:7-9

The Vanishing Rainforest by Richard Platt is  a good book for looking at the human impact on the environment, in particular deforestation. The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, covering over five and a half a million square kilometres. 10% of the world’s known species live in the Amazon rainforest. It is home to around 2 and a half million different insect species as well as over 40000 plant species. Yet the Amazon rainforests are under constant threat from developers. In the story a child called Remaema, describes how the way of life of her people, the Yanomami tribe, are affected as plants and animals vanish before them.  Working together with scientists, they seek a solution that will protect the forest and allow the tribe to continue living as they always have done, while benefiting from limited development.

It provides a starting to learn about the following:

  • recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
  • explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Key scientific vocab / ideas: classification, keys, environment, fish, amphibians

Other fiction books with a similar theme:

Dear Greenpeace – Simon James                            Dinosaurs & All That Rubbish – Michael Foreman                                        

Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson              The Great Kapok Tree – Lynne Cherry                          

Window  - Jeannie  Baker                                        Where the Forest Meets the Sea – Jeannie Baker

The Whale’s Song – Dan Sheldon                          The Morning I met a whale – Michael Morpurgo      

One World – Michael Foreman                              Flotsam and Jetsam  - Tanya Landman                               

Tidy – Emily Gravett                                                Amazing Animal Journeys - Chris Packham