Zonia's Rain Forest

Zonia's Rain Forest

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A heartfelt, visually stunning picture book from Caldecott Honor and Robert F. Sibert Medal winner Juana Martinez-Neal illuminates a young girl's day of play and adventure in the lush rain forest of Peru.

Zonia's home is the Amazon rain forest, where it is always green and full of life. Every morning, the rain forest calls to Zonia, and every morning, she answers. She visits the sloth family, greets the giant anteater, and runs with the speedy jaguar. But one morning, the rain forest calls to her in a troubled voice. How will Zonia answer?
Acclaimed author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal explores the wonders of the rain forest with Zonia, an Ash ninka girl, in her joyful outdoor adventures. The engaging text emphasizes Zonia's empowering bond with her home, while the illustrations--created on paper made from banana bark--burst with luxuriant greens and delicate details. Illuminating back matter includes a translation of the story in Ash ninka, information on the Ash ninka community, and resources on the Amazon rain forest and its wildlife.

Author: Juana Martinez-Neal
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 03/30/2021
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 10.80h x 9.10w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781536208450
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 01/01/2021 pg. 66
Publishers Weekly 02/01/2021
School Library Journal 02/01/2021 pg. 62
Foreword 02/26/2021
Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2021
Shelf Awareness 04/06/2021

About the Author
Juana Martinez-Neal is the Peruvian-born daughter and granddaughter of painters. Her debut as an author-illustrator, Alma and How She Got Her Name, was awarded a Caldecott Honor and was published in Spanish as Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre. She also illustrated La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, for which she won a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, Babymoon by Hayley Barrett, Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry, and Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, which won a Robert F. Sibert Medal. Juana Martinez-Neal lives in Connecticut with her family. Visit her online at www.juanamartinezneal.com.