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The Woolly Monkey Mysteries: The Quest To Save a Rain Forest Species

40p. further reading. glossary. index. maps. notes. photos. Lerner. Mar. 2019. Tr $31.99. ISBN 9781512458688.
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Gr 3–5—Readers follow scientists on their quest to learn more about the woolly monkey, a species that is vital to keeping the trees of South and Central America's rain forests just as they are—a home for plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Clear, engaging graphics including maps, a description and illustration of the various layers of the rain forest, close-up photographs of researchers, and images of the monkeys, draw in readers. To study the monkeys in their natural surroundings, scientists use camera traps that are triggered by movement to take full-color photos or record short videos. As a result, scientists have learned about the crucial role of woolly monkeys in maintaining the rain forest. Markle's excitement at these findings is palpable and contagious.
VERDICT An excellent choice to enhance science programs for upper elementary schoolers. Pair this book with Melissa Stewart's No Monkeys, No Chocolate to see how rain forest monkeys are essential to the production of chocolate.

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