The Rainforest

Journey to the River Sea
by Eva Ibbotson

It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at 13, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in this highly colourful, joyous and award-winning adventure.

Running Wild
by Michael Morpurgo

For Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn’t just a holiday. It’s an escape, a new start, a chance to put things behind them – things like the death of Will’s father.

And to begin with, it seems to be just what they both needed. But then Oona, the elephant Will is riding on the beach, begins acting strangely, shying away from the sea. And that’s when the tsunami comes crashing in, and Oona begins to run. Except that when the tsunami is gone, Oona just keeps on running.

With nothing on his back but a shirt and nothing to sustain him but a bottle of water, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle. Luckily, though, he’s not completely alone …

He’s got Oona.

Where the Forest Meets the Sea
by Jeannie Baker

When a young boy visits a tropical rain forest, he pretends it is a long time ago and that extinct and rare animals live in the forest, and aboriginal children play there. But how much longer will the rainforest remain, he wonders?

Stanley Saves the Amazon Rainforest
by Tony Frais

Stanley the spider returns to his home in the Amazon Rainforest to find all is not well.
Men are coming in to the Rainforest and are chopping lots of trees down.
The Rainforest is getting smaller and the creatures that live and depend on it are under threat.
Stanley takes on what would seem to be an impossible task of saving the Rainforest from the tree choppers.
Will Stanley succeed?
What adventures will he have on the way?

The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling

Mowgli, the wolf-child, is famous around the world, read Kipling's original story and meet beloved characters such as Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Shere Khan the tiger. Follow Mowgli as he tries to discover where he belongs. Plus, become immersed in Kipling's other jungle stories; meet Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the heroic mongoose and Toomai, the elephant handler.

Gorilla Dawn
by Gill Lewis

The thrilling, heartbreaking, and inspirational new story from award-winning storyteller Gill Lewis. 
Deep in the heart of the African jungle, a baby gorilla is captured by a group of rebel soldiers. Imara and Bobo are two children also imprisoned in the rebels' camp. When they learn that the gorilla is destined to be sold into captivity, they swear to return it to the wild before it's too late. But the consequences of getting caught are too terrible to think about. Will the bond between the gorilla and the children give them the courage they need to escape?

Rumble in the Jungle
by Giles Andreae

Come into the jungle for a noisy rhyming romp packed with all the favourite animals - from tigers to chimpanzees - brought to life with fun, vibrant artwork. This bestselling picture book from an award-winning creative team is a delight to read aloud and share with young children.

Pongo
by Jesse Hodgson

Pongo lived deep in the dark dark depths of the rainforest. The trees grew so tightly together that hardly any sunshine ever reached down to the forest floor. Pongo is a debut book by the talented illustrator Jesse Hodgson. The eponymous hero finds his way from the rainforest floor to the canopy on his search for the bright orange sun. On his way to the canopy he encounters different aspects of jungle life, all diverting his attention from the real sun from a curled up orange snake, to an orange honey-soaked bee hive each distraction a funny surprise for a young reader. Jesse Hodgson's beautiful illustrations are reminiscent of Henri Rousseau's paintings, drawing you into the depths of an enchanting, limitless jungle and that will capture every child's imagination.

We're Roaming in the Rainforest
by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Anne Wilson 

Three children embark on a day-long trek through the rainforest, discovering all sorts of exotic creatures in their natural habitats.

Pirate School: Just a bit of Wind
by Jeremy Strong

It's the first day at PIRATE SCHOOL for Ziggy, Smudge, Carkella and Flo and they have lots of new things to contend with. Their headteacher is the scary Patagonia Clasterbotton and they have to take lessons include walking the plank and hand-to-hand fighting. When out on the pirate ship a storm blows up, resulting in the children having to rescue Patagonia when she's swept overboard, and they learn that really Patagonia is not so scary after all!

The Great Piratical Rumbustification
by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Yo ho ho! All across the city, the pirates are getting restless and long for a party. So when a retired pirate comes to babysit for the Terrapin family, they are in for quite a surprise...

From the rumbustious author and artist team of Margaret Mahy, winner of the Carnegie medal, and Quentin Blake, the first Children's Laureate, and best known for his partnership with Roald Dahl, this is a dazzling story which will delight pirate loving boys everywhere.

What Pirates Really Do
by Melanie Joyce

A hilarious rhyming picture book about what pirates really spend their time doing! 
Pirates are known for sailing the high seas, having swashbuckling adventures, and fighting sea monsters . . . but is that really all they do with their time? In this fantastically funny picture book, we get to see what pirates really do with their spare time, like having tea parties, knitting sweaters, relaxing in pajamas and fluffy slippers, and snuggling up for bed!

Small Knight and George and the Pirates
by Rhonda Armitage, illustrated by Arthur Robins

A swashbuckling tale, perfect for both brave little pirates and brave little knights - a winning combination!

Small Knight and George the Dragon are setting sail on an important mission to find treasure and save their crumbling castle. But will their pirate ship survive the stormy seas? And what will happen when they come face to face with the fearsome Captain Swashmebuckle?

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs
by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Russell Ayto

Flinn is at school looking in the art cupboard for some coloured pens to finish off his dinosaur drawing when he stumbles upon Captain Stubble, a real live Pirate Captain! He tells Flinn that his ship, the Acorn, has been stolen and that he needs Flinn to help him rescue it back. Stubble makes Flinn the captain and they sail away on an old pirate ship...they finally find the Acorn but, to their horror, realise it's been stolen by PIRATE DINOSAURS! Captain Flinn and his crew attack the dinosaurs and, after much fighting, seize control of the ship once more. Flinn and his friends then sail back to the harbour clambering through the boatshed door and back into the art cupboard without the teacher even noticing they've been gone!

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