Following the success of Charley Harper’s What’s in the Woods?, Pomegranate continues the Nature Discovery Book series with this journey through a rain forest. Zoe Burke’s rhyming text introduces young readers to 30 different species of rain-forest dwellers—birds, butterflies, lizards, monkeys, and more. All are depicted with colorful images taken from Harper’s painting Monteverde, illustrating the various creatures inhabiting Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. The entire painting is reproduced on a fold-out page at the end of the book, with a key identifying all the featured creatures. Besides being fun to read, What’s in the Rain Forest? provides a great opportunity for children to learn about nature while also seeing how an artist interprets its diversity and beauty.
About the ARTIST Charley Harper’s paintings and prints have been published by a variety of nature- and conservation-oriented organizations. His work has been featured in Ford Times magazine (1948–1982); on posters for the National Park Service, the Audubon Society, and many other conservation organizations; and in several books, including Pomegranate’s Harper Ever After: The Early Work of Charley and Edie Harper (2015) and the Charley Harper Nature Discovery Series (2013, 2014).