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Fernando's Gift/El Regalo De Fernando
Contributor(s): Keister, Douglas
ISBN: 0871569272     ISBN-13: 9780871569271
Publisher: Sierra Club Juveniles
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 1998
Annotation: Deep in the rain forest of Costa Rica, a boy named Fernando lives with his family in the tin-roofed house that his father has built. He can pick bananas right off the tree outside his door, and go swimming or fishing in the cool river nearby. Like his father and grandfather before him, Fernando has come to treasure the wonders of the lush tropical land that his family calls home. But when he and his friend Camina look for her favorite climbing tree and find it cut down, Fernando learns that not everyone has respect for his beautiful forest.
This gentle tale, presented in both English and Fernando's native Spanish, will awaken a strong sense of kinship in young readers. Like Fernando, they will feel a new appreciation for the beauty and bounty of the precious, delicately balanced environment that is the rain forest.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Rain forests; Fiction.
Deforestation; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Family
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: BL 98001970
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 10.00" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 18343
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
"Large, crystal-clear full-color photographs and an engaging first-person bilingual narrative bring this simple story to life. . . . This is an appealing and repectful look at a beautiful part of the world and one family's struggle to preserve it." --School Library Journal "Superb natural history." --Smithsonian

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1995)
Young Fernando Vanegas describes his family's daily life in the Costa Rican rain forest. In the touching story, Fernando discovers that his friend Carmina's favorite tree has been cut down. The text, in both English and Spanish, is informative, as are the color photographs. An author's note pays fitting tribute to the Vanegas family and outlines their determination to prevent deforestation. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews