This week my four-year-old son and I are reading about rainforests. Nature’s Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests by Gail Gibbons is a few steps above my son’s read-aloud level with the level of detail, but I really liked it. In Gail Gibbons’s trademark way, it had detailed text and illustrations to cover even more details about rainforests. Like other picture books, it shows the animals of the rainforests and it covers the different layers that make it so complex.
Gibbons takes the subject a step further by discussing the science of the rainforest: how trees grow, how photosynthesis works, and why we mustn’t destroy the rainforest. Although it was too hard for my son to pay attention to in full, we read it in pieces and I found the science quite informative. (Okay, so that says something about my understanding of science!)