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The Rainforest Adventure

by Luke, Sophia, Boden, Zayden

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The Rainforest Chronicles
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Written by: Boden, Luke, Sophia
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Assistant: Zayden
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Table of Contents
Author's Note..................................................................................................................1
The Raging River..................................................................................................................5
A Pumas Path.................................................................................................................11
The Bad Dream...............................................................................................17
Author's Note
The narratives in this book were inspired by scenarios in Kathryn Lasky’s The Most Beautiful Roof in the World. In this text, Lasky describes many different adventures and experiments in the rainforest that scientist Meg Lowman and her kids have been involved in. We have never experienced these things ourselves, so to make sure these narratives are as factually accurate as possible, we researched to learn more about the many aspects of the rainforest on the internet and in texts like The Most Beautiful Roof in the World. We also included as many details as we could from Kathryn Lasky’s description of the event.
The first narrative, The Raging River, is about Meg Lowman's son, James, and is written from his perspective. In his shoes, you can understand the fear and helplessness he felt as they got caught in the river, but you can also understand how brave and resourceful he is. There are lots of concrete and sensory details and dialogue used to help you understand how James and the other characters felt.
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For example, using details like “The water is a deep jade green, with bursts of color from the orange lichen covering the trees and the flowers at the edges” shows all of the different colors that the family can see at that moment. The detail “Edward cowers in the corner of the boat, whimpering” shows exactly how he felt.
And lastly, when Edward says,“It’s so beautiful! I can’t wait to get in!” when they come to the pool shows what he thought at that moment. All of the dialogue, concrete language, and sensory details in this first narrative really help the reader know everything the characters feel and give the reader a better understanding of the text.
The narrative A Puma's Path was written in the first person to help the readers become James Lowman. Through his eyes, the readers know what James thought and felt when he was going on the walk in the rainforest. With concrete language and sensory detail, the readers can more likely understand what James Lowman was experiencing and feel like it was happening to them. The sentences “I wish Mom was here. She would know exactly what to do and say. But Mom wasn’t here, so I have to be strong, otherwise we might die.” and “Sometimes Edward is so afraid, I wonder how we are even related. He is just scared of everything.” shows some of the different emotions James Lowman has throughout the narrative.
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