Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Sy Montgomery:
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Come on an adventure and experience the unusual wildlife of the Amazon with tour guide Rafael Strella and host Scott Dowd. Learn via riverboat guided tour all about how the tiny piaba fish are saving the Amazon by being sold world-wide. Not only does this save the trees and river but it also saves the fish from dying during the dry season. And of course it wouldn’t be a trip to the Amazon without learning about its seven deadly plagues: the stingray, jao, electric eel, anaconda, black caiman, piranha, and candiru.
Montgomery does a great job of taking the reader on an riverboat adventure by documenting her own personal experiences day by day and sharing them as if the reader was with her. Her entries and descriptions of what happens are detailed and informational, but are also exciting and keep the reader engaged. There are clear, vivid pictures on every page that exhibit the lifestyle of both the native people there and the researchers who explore it as well as the unique wildlife found in the Amazon.