Along the Tapajós

By: Fernando Vilela

Cauã and Inaê are a brother and sister who live in a small community along the Tapajós River in Brazil. Here, the homes are on stilts and everyone travels around by boat—even to school! When the rainy season comes, they must leave their village and relocate to higher ground for a while. But after moving this year, Cauã and Inaê realize they’ve left behind something important: their pet tortoise, Titi! Unlike turtles, tortoises can’t swim, and Cauã and Inaê are really worried. So the pair sneaks back at night on a journey along the river to rescue him. Will they be able to save Titi?

About the Tapajós River. “About the Journey.” Full-color illustrations were rendered using mixed woodcut techniques with drawing and collage, as well as digital resources.

ISBN: 9781542008686

JLG Release: Apr 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Tapajós River , Brazil , Villages , Siblings , Tortoises , Boats , Animals , Rainy seasons , Moving households , Way of life , Rainforests , Flooding

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This import depicts the life of Cauã and Inaê, two siblings living on the banks of the Tapajó river in the Amazonian region of Brazil. In the mornings, after a breakfast of banana porridge, their friend Zé takes them to school in his boat. Along the way they encounter many animals that make their home along the river, including alligators and p This import depicts the life of Cauã and Inaê, two siblings living on the banks of the Tapajó river in the Amazonian region of Brazil. In the mornings, after a breakfast of banana porridge, their friend Zé takes them to school in his boat. Along the way they encounter many animals that make their home along the river, including alligators and porpoises. When they finally get to school and it starts to rain, readers get to meet the real main character in this story: rain. Rain, they will find out, rules the lives of the inhabitants of the region. By the time the children get back home, their parents have loaded all their belongings onto a boat and are ready to leave. Every year when the rains come, the whole village moves to higher ground, leaving their houses behind. This year, after the move, the children realize they have left their pet tortoise behind and, risking the rising waters and a giant anaconda, return to rescue it. Employing mixed woodcut techniques with drawing and collage, award-winning Brazilian author and illustrator Vilela brings to life the lush setting of the story. The images are vibrant and full of movement, the heavy black outlines contributing to the drama. This beautiful book belongs in all picture book collections, specially given the dearth of books about the inhabitants of the Amazon region.

Book Details

ISBN

9781542008686

First Release

April 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

11 x 8 1/2

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 730L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Amazon Crossing Kids

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Tapajós River, Brazil, Villages, Siblings, Tortoises, Boats, Animals, Rainy seasons, Moving households, Way of life, Rainforests, Flooding,

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