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Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme

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Count, clap, and sing among enchanting rainforest animals to the rhythm of the whimsical children's favorite, "Over in the Meadow." This rainforest is teeming with monkeys that hoot, ocelots that pounce, parrots that squawk, and boas that squeeze! The remarkable illustrations--all done in polymer clay--vividly convey the abundant energy of a rainforest.


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Count, clap, and sing among enchanting rainforest animals to the rhythm of the whimsical children's favorite, "Over in the Meadow." This rainforest is teeming with monkeys that hoot, ocelots that pounce, parrots that squawk, and boas that squeeze! The remarkable illustrations--all done in polymer clay--vividly convey the abundant energy of a rainforest.

30 review for Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    Here we meet some unusual jungle critters - howler monkeys, morpho butterflies, honey bears - as we count to ten in rhyme. There's a nice section at the back of the book with details about each creature, though I was most fascinated by Jeanette Canyon's artwork. What I though was some sort of collage, is actually polymer clay. Look at the detail on these sloths: All clay, and entirely amazing! Here we meet some unusual jungle critters - howler monkeys, morpho butterflies, honey bears - as we count to ten in rhyme. There's a nice section at the back of the book with details about each creature, though I was most fascinated by Jeanette Canyon's artwork. What I though was some sort of collage, is actually polymer clay. Look at the detail on these sloths: All clay, and entirely amazing!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    Read at rainforest-themed story times during daycare visits on 7/17/13: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/... Read at rainforest-themed story times during daycare visits on 7/17/13: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    3.5 Stars. We thought Over in a River: Flowing Out to the Sea was wonderful. I was slightly less wowed by this one though it follows the same format and includes some good back matter.. I wasn't a personal fan of the illustrations (though I could appreciate the skill as they are made of polymer clay). I also may be suffering from a bit of "Over in the Meadow" burn-out (not this book's fault by any means) as I can't even count how many PBs (by different authors and illustrators) I've read to my k 3.5 Stars. We thought Over in a River: Flowing Out to the Sea was wonderful. I was slightly less wowed by this one though it follows the same format and includes some good back matter.. I wasn't a personal fan of the illustrations (though I could appreciate the skill as they are made of polymer clay). I also may be suffering from a bit of "Over in the Meadow" burn-out (not this book's fault by any means) as I can't even count how many PBs (by different authors and illustrators) I've read to my kids featuring various animals in various settings all set to that tune. But, my youngest seems to love them and many children do appreciate that repetition. We will continue to seek out other books in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shelby King

    The first thing that jumped out to me about this book was the beautiful artwork. It was so colorful and intercept without being overly detailed. I think that this would be very intriguing for children because it was whimsical while maintaining a realistic aspect for the animals. Polymer clay was used to create the pictures and it added such a beautiful texture. I also loved the way they used interesting jungle animals. The author didn't water it down by saying the monkey but she specified the ho The first thing that jumped out to me about this book was the beautiful artwork. It was so colorful and intercept without being overly detailed. I think that this would be very intriguing for children because it was whimsical while maintaining a realistic aspect for the animals. Polymer clay was used to create the pictures and it added such a beautiful texture. I also loved the way they used interesting jungle animals. The author didn't water it down by saying the monkey but she specified the howler. Or the morpho instead of just the butterfly. This gives students the opportunity to expand their minds and learning opportunities. It also allows for you as a teacher to have more opportunities to have discussions and teach.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Holladay Shaw

    Berkeley has written a whole series (each in a different ecosystem) based on the classic "Over in the. meadow". I have read the classic which is amazing too. I like the classic, because it has a few of the animals where they are the exception to the spelling rule when plural vs singular. I probably would love any of Berkeley books from this series "over in the.." At the end of the book, she has suggestions for body movements to do for each animal which I love. I love the rhythm of this song. Ther Berkeley has written a whole series (each in a different ecosystem) based on the classic "Over in the. meadow". I have read the classic which is amazing too. I like the classic, because it has a few of the animals where they are the exception to the spelling rule when plural vs singular. I probably would love any of Berkeley books from this series "over in the.." At the end of the book, she has suggestions for body movements to do for each animal which I love. I love the rhythm of this song. There are just so many valuable educational aspects to this book. Love having it in our home library.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kayli

    This vibrant story is a twist on the classic Over in the Meadow featuring the same rhyming patterns for jungle animals. I read this story to teach kids rhyming in music and it went very well considering they knew the original Over in the Meadow. The vibrant colors and eclectic mix of creatures made for an entertaining read. I gave this four out of five stars and absolutely loved it. I would recommend Over in the Jungle to any child that loves animals or is musically inclined.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Phillips

    This book is great for young children who are beginning readers as well as beginning counters. The pictures represented and brought out the text very well. I believe that many children love animals and focus on concepts better when animals are involved so involving animals, numbers, and rhyming into one text was brilliant. The writing is not my preferred style, so thus my 3 rating, but as far as concept it does very well at achieving its goal.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Anderson

    This book is engaging as a read aloud for primary students. Upper primary students could also read the book independently. This is a rhyming book that describes the animals in a rainforest. The illustrations are all pictures of the rainforest animals made out of clay. The back of the book includes more facts about each animal.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Another great book that I use for kindergarten lessons! Love the counting and being able to talk about groups that add to the number on the page (ex: 10 page has leaves that have five holes on each side of the leaf, also the leaves are grouped by twos, skip counting).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    The polymer clay illustrations are gorgeous.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    Wonderful book with beautiful illustrations, engaging rhyme, and exposure to unique and interesting animals.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cori

    gorgeous illustrations and fun to read

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Driscoll

    Gorgeous and fun to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    S

    Bromeliad. Wow. Rough one to get out.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Awjtf

    Very fun!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I'm not really a fan of the clay illustrations, but the rhyme is fun. Essentially it's Over in the Meadow for jungle animals. Definitely an appropriate group read aloud for story time, you can make it interactive by having the kids do the same actions as the animals in the book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Over in the Jungle is a sure-fire good time for any little counter and just as exciting as a real walk through the jungle would be! As the reader journeys through this story their path will cross the numbers one through ten with nothing but adventure in between as they meet all kinds of new and mesmerizing jungle creature families! Not only is this book a good way to practice counting and envisioning certain amounts of things on a page, it is also written in rhyme. The author writes a rhyme for Over in the Jungle is a sure-fire good time for any little counter and just as exciting as a real walk through the jungle would be! As the reader journeys through this story their path will cross the numbers one through ten with nothing but adventure in between as they meet all kinds of new and mesmerizing jungle creature families! Not only is this book a good way to practice counting and envisioning certain amounts of things on a page, it is also written in rhyme. The author writes a rhyme for each number in a way that almost feels like you are speaking to a steady beat as you’re reading. Young classrooms will love this rhythm and I can even envision this book being incorporated somehow in to a music class. In the way of illustrations, this book takes unique to a whole new level. When looked at closely, the brightly colored jungle animals and their surroundings look as if they are carved carefully out of Play-Dough or clay. Each tiny hair and leaf are individually rolled out so that each page is a detailed work of magnificent art. Children will love looking at these pictures up close and may even try and mimic the designs in their own artistic endeavors. Another aspect of this book that I found to be very admirable is the author’s use of the names of real jungle animal species. I guarantee you that most small children are unfamiliar with a “marmoset” and an “ocelot,” only to name a few. In this way, this book also offers up a small lesson in biology, teaching the reader some new and exciting animal species that can be found in a jungle environment. Finally, at the end of the book, there are a few really fun activities including a jungle animal I Spy game, actual music to a song the words of the book could be sung to, descriptions and facts about each animal mentioned in the book, tips from the author about how the book could be presented to a class, and clay art tips from the illustrator. This book is perfect to introduce counting to young elementary school students and very helpful to teachers as well. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great practice basic counting book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Penrose

    This book really has a lot to offer. Starting with the basics, each page introduces you to a different rainforest animal. The text is rhyming, and can be spoken or sung (to the familiar tune over in the meadow ~ at the end of the book you will find the sheet music). Each animal's rhyme describes one behavior that you may find him doing (hopping, pouncing, scrambling, squeezing, etc). As you read through the book, you are counting from one to ten. The last page has all of the animals in their corres This book really has a lot to offer. Starting with the basics, each page introduces you to a different rainforest animal. The text is rhyming, and can be spoken or sung (to the familiar tune over in the meadow ~ at the end of the book you will find the sheet music). Each animal's rhyme describes one behavior that you may find him doing (hopping, pouncing, scrambling, squeezing, etc). As you read through the book, you are counting from one to ten. The last page has all of the animals in their corresponding numbers for your child to find and count. But wait, there is more! There is a page that discusses how many babies these animals really have at one time, and gives a little more information about what a rainforest really is. Turn the page again and you will find more. There is one paragraph of indepth info dedicated to each of the animals found in the book. Turn the page again and you get a full page of tips from the author on ways to stretch the book even further...you can find and count other living things in the book, make puppets, masks, or even your own rainforest. There are specific suggestions for body movements that children can engage in to immitate each animal in the story/song. Finally, you get the inside scoop on how the amazing illustrations were created...I thought it was cauliflower (dyed different colors) and painted sea shells...I was close. There were painted sea shells, the cauliflower looking stuff was actually polymer clay that had taken a trip through a food processor! They really are stunning images!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was a fun counting book that included animals, numbers, and rhyming. The author, Marianne Berkes, did a wonderful job teaching a little about jungle animals while also focusing on counting and reading skills. The illustrator, Jeanette Canyon, included very vibrant, colorful, and upbeat pictures into the story which also help keep the young readers/listeners engaged. This book would be wonderful in a preschool classroom in order to help teach numbers as well as new animals!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I am a sucker for signed books, so when I saw one of Marianne Berkes' books in a pamphlet of 100 Picture Books for Preschoolers, I just knew I could renew our acquaintance and have her sign a book or three for my son. Actually, Marianne is very gracious and would sign a book for anyone who asks. Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme was the book listed in the pamphlet, so I'll review it first. This book is deceptively simple. Marianne Berkes takes a simple tune (Over in the Meadow) and replaces I am a sucker for signed books, so when I saw one of Marianne Berkes' books in a pamphlet of 100 Picture Books for Preschoolers, I just knew I could renew our acquaintance and have her sign a book or three for my son. Actually, Marianne is very gracious and would sign a book for anyone who asks. Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme was the book listed in the pamphlet, so I'll review it first. This book is deceptively simple. Marianne Berkes takes a simple tune (Over in the Meadow) and replaces the lyrics with counting verses about rainforest animals. Sounds pretty easy in theory, but not so much in practice. Anyway, it works very well in this book. Jeanette Canyon uses polymer clay to create brilliant, dimensional illustrations. I'm not sure I would like that style of illustration in too many books, but with the rainforest book, it is a perfect marriage. When I was reading this book for the first time to my then two-year-old son, he walked over and pointed to the 4 on the leaf and said "four". I thought he was a genius. Then he pointed at the 5 and said "four" and the six. Oh well. So much for great expectations. :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Viri

    The book is all in a rhyming scheme and it repeats a same first line while it adds different lines as we move down the countdown. WE start off with the mother Marmoset and end with the howler monkey. There are different animals for every number, for example the ant is number "4" and the Ocelots are number "8". The illustrator Jeanette canyon did an amazing job with the individual animals and the pages that they were on. She uses Polymer clay to create these colorful magnificent pictures of the a The book is all in a rhyming scheme and it repeats a same first line while it adds different lines as we move down the countdown. WE start off with the mother Marmoset and end with the howler monkey. There are different animals for every number, for example the ant is number "4" and the Ocelots are number "8". The illustrator Jeanette canyon did an amazing job with the individual animals and the pages that they were on. She uses Polymer clay to create these colorful magnificent pictures of the animals and their environment. Her technique is very precise and visually amazing. I personaly loved this book, the rhyme is perfect for little children that keep their attention. This counting book has a lot of information at the back, because it has lots of activities that the teacher can do with the students. If its just looking for animals in the jungle to sining the tune with all the classroom, it also offers a lot of helpful information on the animals this book contains. The illustrations are full of life and are really detail over all.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    My 3 yo. daughter enjoys this series of books. The different style of the illustrations in this book really works for the rainforest animals. The animals were all molded from polymer clay, so the marmosets swinging on vines and the leafcutter ants and oh! the ocelots all appear to pop off the page. Only today did my toddler and I realize that each featured number has a corresponding number of raindrops on its page. Love those kinds of details. The only drawback is that this title does not have t My 3 yo. daughter enjoys this series of books. The different style of the illustrations in this book really works for the rainforest animals. The animals were all molded from polymer clay, so the marmosets swinging on vines and the leafcutter ants and oh! the ocelots all appear to pop off the page. Only today did my toddler and I realize that each featured number has a corresponding number of raindrops on its page. Love those kinds of details. The only drawback is that this title does not have the "find the hidden animal" feature that she so enjoys in the others. But you won't hear her complaining when there are so many things in this book to engage and enchant.

  23. 5 out of 5

    MollyKate Mclaughlin

    Over un the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme written by M. Berkes, is a fun book for young children to read and learn about the jungle. This is not exactly an environmental education, save the planet type book, but is a great way for children to grasp the idea that the earth is a beautiful place. The bright, colorful illustrations will keep any child turning each page for more. This book is entertaining for children and can also be a great lesson for them that they do not even realize that they are le Over un the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme written by M. Berkes, is a fun book for young children to read and learn about the jungle. This is not exactly an environmental education, save the planet type book, but is a great way for children to grasp the idea that the earth is a beautiful place. The bright, colorful illustrations will keep any child turning each page for more. This book is entertaining for children and can also be a great lesson for them that they do not even realize that they are learning. Age: 3 and up Grade: Pre-K, Kinder

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Pierce

    This book as illustrations that are completely unique and made out a variety of medias. The book takes you into the rainforest in an almost 3D effect that makes you feel as though you can reach into the page and touch the animals and leaves. As well as the book, there are resources in the back that include information about how the illustrations were made and even more information about the rainforest. I love when books offer more opportunities to learn beside than just the story because they ar This book as illustrations that are completely unique and made out a variety of medias. The book takes you into the rainforest in an almost 3D effect that makes you feel as though you can reach into the page and touch the animals and leaves. As well as the book, there are resources in the back that include information about how the illustrations were made and even more information about the rainforest. I love when books offer more opportunities to learn beside than just the story because they are more versatile.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Perfect for an early-el class or bible school group doing a rainforest theme, this clever adaptation of the old nursery song "Over in the Meadow" has marvelous,intricate illustrations in polymer clay by Jeanette Canyon. The back of the book has the complete lyrics with simple piano/guitar music; information about the rainforest and the animals and birds used in the book; and tips from the author and the artist on using the book with kids.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    This was a really fun book! The clay pictures were amazing and my 2 year old loved the bright colorful animals. I didn't realize until the end that it was intended to be a song (my bad!) though as I read it through the first time, I had been kind of sing/reading it! I liked the extra information at the end, explaining the animals, as well as how it was made.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anaeka

    The best of the series I think is 'Over in the coral reef'. But this book is great too (I just thought the marmoset looked a little cartoonish). A loved it and was probably the most requested book at 18 mo. She learnt the numbers, and lots of words - ant, marmoset, butterfly. She even completed lots of the sentences.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I loved this book! So much I think I may get it for my daughter. It is so bright, colorful and cheery. The way the book rhymes is really fun and I think would keep the kid's attention easily. The only thing I wish was different was that you could see the number printed in the leaves better. But I still gave this book a 5 because of it's illustrations and good rhymes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey White

    Nat picked this out from the library and he's been carrying it around the house now for weeks. The illustrations are really beautiful and Josiah was particularly interested in the page that described the method for creating them out of polymer clay. The melody is lovely and I've actually enjoyed reading/chanting/singing the book repeatedly, so I give it a thumbs up.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy Brown

    A counting and singing approach for young children to learn and appreciate the animals of the tropical rainforest. Info about the rainforest is included in the back. Berkes also has a book called Over in the Ocean which is equally cool!

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