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Welcome to the Green House by Jane Yolen
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Welcome to the Green House

by Jane Yolen

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Book Summary: This book explores the many different types of plants and animals living in the rain forest. Using rhyme and repetition, this book informs children of the various rain forest creatures that exist without being in the format of a traditional information book. The whole book is a metaphor, comparing the jungle to a giant greenhouse.

Content Summary: Students can learning about the rain forest habitat by reading this book. This book uses descriptive adjectives to produce imagery and is a great way to learn new adjectives. Animals are hidden in the full page illustrations and students love to look for them.

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  rehunkler | Apr 14, 2011 |
Welcome to the Green House is an informational book about tropical rainforests. In this book, the author and illustrator have made it easy for the reader to visit the rainforest through vivid illustrations and elegantly written text. This text introduces readers to the many life forms, temperature, sounds and vivid colors that can be found in a tropical rainforest.

The illustrations in this book are amazing and the text is so descriptive. Through reading the story/test, it is easy to feel as if you are on location experiencing the scenes as they happen. This is a good example of how informational text can be written in a non-boring manner that will excite children about learning.

In the classroom I would definitely use this book and can think of many ways I could incorporate it as a teaching tool. As a classroom extension idea, I would love to incorporate an art project with this text. I would ask the students to pick their favorite text from the story (each page describes a new scene) and illustrate a page for the text. For example this is the text on one page, “ …and the quick-fingered capuchin make their slow-quick ways from room to room in the green house, in the dark green, light green, emerald green, blue green, ever-new green house.” The author has been so descriptive in her word choice that I believe the children will be able to envision what she is writing about and create neat pictures to illustrate her text. As a second idea, I would lead the children on an exploration of the rainforest. We would study the animals in the text because many of the animals mentioned are not the common animals children know already. We would locate tropical rainforests on a map so that the children can learn where rainforests exist. ( )
  anita.west | Mar 30, 2008 |
Besides having beautiful illustrations (thanks to Laura Regan), Welcome to the Green House has the most marvelous text of any ecology picture book I've read.

The book opens by describing a rain forest as a green house with ropey vines as view-framing windows and fallen leaves as a floor. Yolen's text has a sophisticated simplicity that rolls off the tongue. Onomatopoeia abounds:

"with the high chitter-chitter-rrrrr
of the golden lion tamarin
warning off intruders;
with the kre-ek, kre-ek, kre-ek
of keel-billed toucans
feeding on ripe, sweet figs"

Green House captures the richness of sounds, smells, and sights that is the rain forest. You won't find encyclopedia-like information here, but that belongs in another book - enjoy this one for its beauty. (ages 2-6) ( )
2 vote chanale | Aug 25, 2007 |
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