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La selva de Zonia (Zonia's Rain Forest)



written and illustrated by
Juana Martinez-Neal

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536213362
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Primary Spanish

A heartfelt, visually stunning picture book from Caldecott Honor and Robert F. Sibert Medal winner Juana Martinez-Neal illuminates a young girl’s day of play and adventure in the lush rain forest of Peru.

Zonia’s home is the Amazon rain forest, where it is always green and full of life. Every morning, the rain forest calls to Zonia, and every morning, she answers. She visits the sloth family, greets the giant anteater, and runs with the speedy jaguar. But one morning, the rain forest calls to her in a troubled voice. How will Zonia answer?

Acclaimed author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal explores the wonders of the rain forest with Zonia, an Asháninka girl, in her joyful outdoor adventures. The engaging text emphasizes Zonia’s empowering bond with her home, while the illustrations—created on paper made from banana bark—burst with luxuriant greens and delicate details. Illuminating back matter includes a translation of the story in Asháninka, information on the Asháninka community, and resources on the Amazon rain forest and its wildlife.Asháninka translation of the book’s text. Further information about the Asháninka people, the Amazon rainforest, and threats to the Amazon. Identification of animals shown in the book. Selected sources and resources. Full-color illustrations were created with acrylic, colored pencil, pastel, ink, and linocuts and woodcuts on handmade banana bark paper.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

9" x 10 3/5"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Amazon rainforest. Asháninka (indigenous people). Peru. Nature and the natural world. Self-esteem and self-reliance. Environmental conservation. Spanish language materials.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3–Zonia, a young Asháninka girl living in the Amazon rainforest begins her days with a walk through the lush forest and greeting all her animal friends. Martinez-Neal describes Zonia’s carefree life among the unique species that surround her and call to her in sparse words, and soothing shades of green and earth tones that are full of texture. In her bright yellow dress, with sparkling eyes, terra cotta–colored skin and long, straight black hair, Zonia is vibrant and her curiosity is infectious. On her way home, the young Indigenous girl stumbles upon a patch that has been a victim of deforestation. Frightened, she decides she must answer the call to protect her home. The book includes back matter that will appeal to older readers and is well suited for classroom use on the Asháninka people, facts about and threats to the Amazon rainforest, as well as information about the animals Zonia encounters. VERDICT This beautiful look at a young girl’s life and her determination to save her home is a perfect read for young environmentalists.–Monisha Blair, Rutgers Univ., NJ

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3–Zonia, a young Asháninka girl living in the Amazon rainforest begins her days with a walk through the lush forest and greeting all her animal friends. Martinez-Neal describes Zonia’s carefree life among the unique species that surround her and call to her in sparse words, and soothing shades of green and earth tones that are full of texture. In her bright yellow dress, with sparkling eyes, terra cotta–colored skin and long, straight black hair, Zonia is vibrant and her curiosity is infectious. On her way home, the young Indigenous girl stumbles upon a patch that has been a victim of deforestation. Frightened, she decides she must answer the call to protect her home. The book includes back matter that will appeal to older readers and is well suited for classroom use on the Asháninka people, facts about and threats to the Amazon rainforest, as well as information about the animals Zonia encounters. VERDICT This beautiful look at a young girl’s life and her determination to save her home is a perfect read for young environmentalists.–Monisha Blair, Rutgers Univ., NJ

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Primary Spanish
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