We’re Roaming in the Rainforest Review

Today I’m so happy to introduce Jakki of Barefoot in Belfast, a Barefoot Books ambassador, and a personal friend.  We met when our babies were young when we attended the same La Leche League group.  My Tristan is not a baby anymore I must say, as yesterday was his 6th birthday – how time flies!  I hadn’t seen Jakki for a while so I was very happy to hear from her again.   She’s chosen ‘We’re Roaming in the Rainforest:  An Amazon Adventure’ by Laurie Krebs and Anne Wilson for us to review today.  We received a copy of this book in exchange for our honest opinions.

We're Roaming The Rainforest review by Crystal's Tiny Treasures

I have been so happy with Jakki’s choice of We’re Roaming in the Rainforest for us.  We’ve previously learned a little about Peru, its people and food, and this book has helped us to widen our understanding of the geography, climate and people of South America.

The illustrations by Anne Wilson are bright and colourful and completely fill the pages.  You can feel closeness of the rainforest around you.  The pages are busy and there is a lot to see with little bits hidden in here and there.

We’re Roaming in the Rainforest is about three multicultural children who spend a day from sunrise to sunset roaming the rainforest and discovering it’s interesting animals and the noises they make.

Afternoon story time, Reading We're Roaming in the Rainforest, great daycare books, great story books for homeschooling, photo

The children are in the background of each page; small and hidden.  It makes the feeling of the immense  rainforest that much greater.  As you turn each page you’ll be introduced to a new creature with the rhyme of Laurie Krebs.

“Snooze” yawn the sloths,

all ready to doze.

“We’ll nap in the trees

as we cling by our toes”

While reading this book you’ll visit 14 animals ranging from geckos to poison dart frogs to pink river dolphins.  At the end of the book there are an additional nine pages with more information on each of the creatures mentioned in the book.  There’s a map to show where the Amazon Rainforest is located and more information about it.

There are two pages dedicated to the Peoples of the Amazon Rainforest and you’ll learn about the Matis, the Yanomami and the Riberenos.  We’ve done a little more research on our own about the Matis after reading about them.  We’ve already learned more about the Matis, which you can find out here.

The first time we read this book corresponded with the same week Tristan planted a tree at a garden allotment during a hedgerow foraging walk.  The timing was perfect because then he could better relate about the oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange and about the rainforest being called the “lungs of our planet”.   There is also more information about conservation at the end of this book, including links to organisations for further information.

Planting a holly bush for conservation, Crystal's Tiny Treasures, photo

We’re Roaming in the Rainforest can be used to introduce so many topics of discussion:

  • science, oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange in plants.
  • changes in the climate and landscape.
  • learn about cultures different from yours.
  • animals and their surroundings.
  • geography, where is the Amazon Rainforest in relation to where you live?  How does the land differ?
  • learn about conservation and how you can do your bit.
  • learn about the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and why this is important
  • talk about camouflage and why it is important to animals.Physical activity, hang like a sloth, sleep like a jaguar is one activity my children have been enjoying!

Pretending to be Amazon Rainforest animals, interactive story books for children, photo

The children have also made this cute poison dart frog inspired by this book.  You can see the directions here.

Egg carton frog by Crystal's Tiny Treasures

Egg Carton Frog

Jakki is a mum of 2 girls aged 5 and 3.  After she was made redundant last year she decided that she wanted to have a job that would fit around her family and that would let her run her own business her own way.  She chose to go with Barefoot Books because of their relaxed and open culture and because as a company they fit in well with her own values.

As an ambassador she visits children’s/toddler groups and hosts home parties where you can browse and buy at home. (There will be themed parties launching soon, follow her Barefoot in Belfast Blog , or Facebook page, to find out the details when they’re announced).  You can also Follow Jakki and Barefoot in Belfast on Twitter and Pinterest.

Barefoot Books

The mission statement of Barefoot is:

At Barefoot Books, we celebrate art and story that opens the hearts and minds of children from all walks of life, focusing on themes that encourage independence of spirit, enthusiasm for learning and respect for the world’s diversity.

If your child likes books, be sure to stop by our book and book activities page where you’ll find lots of great books and ways we’ve found to have even more fun with them, including a poison dart frog that was inspired by this book.

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About Crystal McClean

I am a Mom, Wife, and Home Educator. We love to have fun together while learning and exploring our environment.

  • http://zucchinisummeretsy.blogspot.co.uk/ TheBargainBabe

    I can’t enter to win since I’m in the USA but it looks like a cute book!

    • http://www.castleviewacademy.com Crystal McClean

      I’m sorry :-( I often find that for USA only comps. But it is a cool book!

  • peter wtason

    me and my son like monkeys

  • http://www.astrongcoffee.co.uk/ Louise Perry Fairweather

    a tree frog

  • Clifford Sherwood


  • Zoe G

    I love the Amazon Parrot, the colours are amazing

  • Claire D

    My favourite is the amazon horned frog

  • Ashleigh Allan


  • Kathy Cakebread

    lovely book

    • http://www.castleviewacademy.com Crystal McClean

      It really is a great book with lots of extra learning potential :-)

  • Luz ferguson

    Great comp

    • http://www.castleviewacademy.com Crystal McClean

      Thank you Liz, and good luck!

  • Kerry Charlesworth

    My daughter loves monkeys :-) this book looks awesome!

  • clair downham

    parrots they are so cheeky and colourful

  • katie skeoch

    It would have to be the river dolphin – amazing creatures!

  • claire WOODS

    Red-Eyed Tree Frog

    • Tina Holmes


  • http://www.indianamericanmom.com Roshni

    Ah, unfortunately, I’m not eligible to enter the giveaway but it sounds like a great book!

    • http://www.castleviewacademy.com Crystal McClean

      I’m sorry about that, Roshni. I’m sure we’ll have something up for you again very soon :-)

  • http://www.calledtobeamom.com Jill @ Called To Be A Mom

    This looks like a fun book. I’m sure your kids loved it, I know mine would as well!

    • http://www.castleviewacademy.com Crystal McClean

      I love that they ask more questions about it each time we read it :-) Good luck Jill!

  • makila wheatley


  • http://creativekkids.com Tammy @ creativekkids.com

    It looks like a fun, educational, and colorful book1 I love how you changed your background to match the book.

    • http://www.castleviewacademy.com Crystal McClean

      It’s a good quality book! If I fell into a sum of money I know where I’d be spending it :-)

  • Tina Holmes


  • Lauren Tourle

    Monkeys :)

  • Michaela Turner

    Tree Frogs

  • laura stewart

    Monkeys :)

  • Kim Campbell


  • Kim neville

    monkeys as my boy loves them as well

  • Zoe Roxby


  • Laura Pritchard

    The black panther!

  • http://over40andamumtoone.com Mary @over40andamumtoone


  • Sarah scoulding

    Satanic leaf tailed gecko sounds bizarre but surprising cute google it

    • http://www.castleviewacademy.com Crystal McClean

      What fantastic camouflaging that creature has! I see why it’s your favourite :-)

  • katie Kathurima


  • claire griffiths


  • Michelle Ferguson


  • Karen Usher

    Macaw Parrots, just beautiful!

  • Tracy C

    Little un and I love birds so parrots our our faves.

  • Ruth Harwood


  • christine shelley

    The parrots

  • karen hutchinson


  • Mickie Bull


  • Harriet


  • Chuck

    The Army ants. They’re beautiful

  • EJ Dunn


  • Solange


  • http://saywhatsavannahmaekids.com/ Savannah Mae

    Stopping by to say hi from Kid Lit Blog Hop!

    • http://www.castleviewacademy.com Crystal McClean

      Howdy! Thanks for stopping by, would you like to stay for a cup of tea?

  • Ali

    I love the big cats

  • http://whatjennathought.blogspot.co.uk Jenna Knight

    Definitely the majestic jaguar. Wonderful book I am entering this competition for my niece, she would love this xxx

  • http://www.stackingbooks.com Reshama

    The cover illustration is awesome! Definitely inviting for little minds. I love that learning about our environment can be made so much fun through story telling!
    Thanks for sharing on Kidlit Bloghop!
    -Reshama @Stackingbooks

  • http://mommynificent.com/ Tina at Mommynificent

    The book sounds great and I love that it features multicultural children! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  • http://carpinelloswritingpages.blogspot.co.uk/ Cheryl Carpinello

    Love the pictures in this one. On my TBR book for my grandson. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheryl, Hop Hostess

  • Keri Jones

    Tree frogs- they are so pretty!

  • Phyllis Ellett

    Love the Rainforest Beetles, The Rhinoceros Beetle is the best.

  • Pam Francis Gregory


  • Sarah Rees

    I love the parrots with all those fantastic colours

  • lowri earith

    tree frog definitely



  • Kirsty Harrington


  • Tracey


  • C Parkin

    The Capuchin monkey

  • Karen R

    I love sloths, they’re so bizarre and different to other creatures :)


    Blue poison frog

  • sam cornford

    Parrots. :)

  • Leanne Bell

    My 4 year old Daughter is really into snakes at the moment so I think she would say snakes.

  • sj wesley

    Tigers :)

  • Gerri Tennant

    Tree Frogs – deadly but so pretty.

  • Lucy Carter

    Tree frogs

  • Nicola Holland

    The sloth – everything in it’s own time :)

  • Susan Carter


  • Becky Shorting


  • catriona nation

    the river dolphin

  • Lisa Wilkinson

    Squirrel monkeys are so cute :)

  • Wendy Guy

    The parrots, they are soooooooooooo colourful.

  • Rachel Craig


  • vicky M

    Frog i think the colours are pretty awesome

  • tobys proud mummy toys

    Love Monkeys especially the cheeky little Macau ones xxxx

  • cathyj

    amaon parrot

  • Katie Walden Hall


  • Jennifer Rhymer

    Passion fruit plants – the flowers are stunning :)

  • Sarah Parker


  • Hayley Todd

    I absolutely love Jaguars

  • Gina M


  • Laura Corrall

    My daughter is a big fan of Parrots.

  • Adrian Clarke


  • Champaklal Lad


  • Emma Baker


  • https://twitter.com/ammalinetheduck Emma Howard


  • http://www.happyhomebird.com Sam @happyhomebird

    Squawking colourful parrots

  • Rosalind Blight



    Monkeys & parrots