The Rainforest Grew All Around

The Rainforest Grew All Around

Imaginations will soar from the forest floor, up through the canopy and back down again, following the circle of life in this clever adaptation of the song “The Green Grass Grew All Around." The jungle comes alive as children learn about a wide variety of the animals (jaguars, emerald tree boas, leafcutter ants, sloths, poison dart frogs, toucans, and bats) and plants (kapok trees, liana vines, and bromeliads) living in the lush Amazon rainforest. Delve even deeper into the jungle using sidebars and the three-page “For Creative Minds" educational section.

This non-fiction picture book with a cuddle factor and rhyming text includes a 3-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 23-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. The Rainforest Grew All Around is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension. Tap animals and other things that make noise to hear their sounds.

Year 1: Seasons
Explore outside through nature hunts, playing outside and painting the weather. Discover how all these activities and more meet the standards set in the national curriculum and learn more about the world all around us.

Year 1: Tell Me A Story: One
Within this topic your child can create their own nature story walk through words and pictures. They can design their own spoon characters and make a story through discussion cards, plus more. Plus much more in this 6 activity topic.

Year 2: Rainforest Habitats
Create your own rainforest habitat based off the Amazon. Find out how chameleons camouflage themselves by creating your own chameleon artwork.

Year 2: Tell Me A Story: Two
Within this topic your child can use story card prompts and timelines to make their own imagination come to life. Use prompts, speech bubbles and sliding puppets to help make literacy fun.

  • Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Print length: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 21.59 x 0.64 x 24.77 cm
  • Reading age: 5 - 8 years old
  • Publication date: June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780977742387

Susan K. Mitchell

Susan is a children's author with many hats in her collection: author, mom, wife, pre-school teacher, and Spanish teacher. Susan loves creating a silly world of words for kids. The idea of Kersplatypus quite literally came from a word she made up when her youngest daughter fell down one day. Surrounded by kids all day, every day, she has no shortage of story ideas. Susan is also the author of two other picture books: The Rainforest Grew All Around and Stone Pizza. She has also written more than fourteen non-fiction chapter books for older readers on topics ranging from entertainment. to architecture, to animals. Susan, her husband, and two wonderful daughters live outside of Houston with their dog and two crazy cats.


Connie McLennan

Award-winning illustrator Connie spent years as an advertising illustrator before venturing into the world of children's picture books. Before writing and illustrating The Forest in the Trees, she also illustrated Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls; The Rainforest Grew All Around; River Beds: Sleeping in the World's Rivers; Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean; and Octavia and her Purple Ink Cloud for Arbordale Publishing. A fine artist as well, Connie is married with one grown son and lives in northern California.

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