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School Library Journal - 04/01/2014 PreS-Gr 1—Lewin's third book in this series follows a simple pattern. Most of the e spreads show a rainforest animal and the phrase " I am a [insert animal name here]. Can you see me?" The final three pages replace the phrase "Can you see me?" with "I am hard to see. You will never see me. And I am easy to see." A large font and repetitive text make this a solid choice for emergent readers. The animals include a snake, sloth, otter, crab, lizard, and monkey. The photo-realistic paintings are detailed, verdant, and captivating. Nestled in lush depictions of their native habitat, most of the animals are quite easy to find; don't expect an "I Spy" or "Where's Waldo?"-type search. The final page shows each animal and its specific name. The big pictures make it perfect for storytime or for individual animal lovers.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 04/15/2014 It is such a pleasure to turn the pages of a book by Lewin (What Am I? Where Am I? 2013). His lush, realistic watercolor paintings immerse the reader in whatever exotic locale has caught his attention—in this case, it’s the green, teeming Costa Rica rain forest. Simple language challenges children to spot birds, mammals, reptiles, and a crab. Some are easy to find, such as the howler monkey hanging from a branch or the brilliant-red poison dart frog resting on a fallen tree, but some animals, such as the nearly submerged spectacled caiman or the vine snake, whipping its way up a tree trunk, are more of a challenge. The atmosphere is quiet and watchful as a toucan nibbles at a fig, a river otter peers from beneath a canopy of sunlit leaves, and a land crab scuttles into its burrow. The full-color illustrations on double-page spreads are soft and pleasing. Each animal is identified on a key page in the back. Lovely, engaging early-reader fare. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.

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