Hands of the Rain Forest

The Emberá People of Panama

Rachel Crandell; illustrations by Rachel Crandell

Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books

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The Emberá people of Panama use their hands to turn the gifts of the tropical rain forest into meals and essential daily supplies. Emberá children quickly follow in the steps of their parents. They learn to fish for crabs and carve a canoe from wood. Nothing is wasted in the rain forest—leaves are used to make baskets, the juice of the jagua fruit is applied as a mosquito repellent, and the river provides fresh water for bathing. Through firsthand experience, children are introduced to the lifestyle and traditions of the Emberá culture.

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Praise for Hands of the Rain Forest:
 
“Short vignettes of expressive text paired with clear, detailed photos create a warm look into this indigenous culture. These hands work hard, play joyfully and definitely hold a lot of love.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“With its appealing photos, this volume makes a useful introduction to an unfamiliar culture.”—School Library Journal
 
“Just as she did in Hands of the Maya: Villagers at Work and Play (2002), Crandell effectively introduces a people contemporary American kids may not (yet) know well. This photo-essay about indigenous people living in neighboring Panama provides a fascinating window into an ancient culture.”—Booklist

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Rachel Crandell; illustrations by Rachel Crandell

RACHEL CRANDELL is the author of Hands of the Maya: Villagers at Work and Play and The Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical Treasure, on which she collaborated with Kristin Pratt Serafini. A former elementary-school teacher, she lives in Town and Country, Missouri.

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Hands of the Rain Forest
The Emberá People of Panama
Rachel Crandell; illustrations by Rachel Crandell

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
December 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805079906
ISBN10: 0805079904
Picture Book Nonfiction
9 x 9 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 5 to 8
Grade Range: k to 3 Information for Librarians

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F&P Level A-Z: Q
AR Quiz Number: 135497
AR Book Level: 4.2
AR Points: 0.5

$16.99
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