Monday, April 28, 2014

Blogiversary; Goodbye, Poetry Month; and Angry Birds Playground: Rain Forest Book Giveaway

Happy Spring!

Since I didn’t get to post about our 5 year blogiversary, I’ll jump in here to say a quick THANK YOU to friends who have been with the blog since the beginning or found us somewhere along the way. I love knowing that 5-book bundles are even now winging (wheeling?) their way to 5 of you who entered our contest. Woot!

Another of my National Geographic books was released a couple of weeks ago, so it’s time for a book giveaway. If you have any kiddos in your life who like the Angry Birds or might enjoy a lively book about the Amazon rain forest and its animals, please enter. I’d love to send you a copy of Angry Birds Playground:  Rain Forest.

This fourth book in the series (the third written by me) was my favorite to research. I quickly compiled a lonnng list of the amazing creatures that live in the Amazon. Narrowing it down was actually the toughest part of writing this book. Reading about some of them made my jaw drop.

-Like Hoatzin chicks. Those are born with temporary claws on the front edges of their wings. When a hawk or other predatory bird attacks a nest (which are built hanging over the water), the chicks can ploop to the water below, then swim underwater to the bank until the threat is over. Then they use those wee claws to climb back up the tree to their nest. (I couldn’t get photo permission in time for this post, but check out this quirky, chicken-sized bird!)

-Like the wide-mouthed Amazon Horned Frog. This bugger will attack and try to swallow anything that crosses its path – including human ankles. They're so aggressive that they're often found dead with some poor, too-big-to-swallow beastie halfway in.

                                                                                    Photo by George Grall

-Like the Golden Lion Tamarin, a photo of which you can see here. This fiery, red-orange (and endangered) species always looks so big in photos. Did you know they’re really only the size of a 5-year-old child’s foot?

Readers will learn about the four layers of the Amazon, the river itself, and the basin in general. Add cool lizards and turtles and insects and snakes, a few animals that consume their own … um, droppings, 5 primate species, and a frightening assortment of animals trying their darnedest to eat each other, and you’ve got one fascinating, four-layered place to discover.

Want to win a copy? Just enter via Rafflecopter below. I’ll send one winner their very own book. Contest runs through May 16th.

Jill Esbaum

Side note #1:  Farewell, Poetry Month. But if you're into rhyming picture books, I’m the guest blogger today over at Angie Karcher’s RhyPiBoMo.

Side note #2:  If you’re a picture book writer and are looking for a summer writing workshop, consider joining my author friend Linda Skeers and me at our Whispering Woods Picture Book Workshop. Follow link for more details.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


kt giorgio said...

LOVE that frog photo...he's great!

Jill said...

I know. What a mouth on that guy!

Patricia Toht said...

I think the frog is my favorite, too -- lots of ego to attack the biggest thing around. Congrats on the new book, Jill!

laurasalas said...

So many cool rain forest animals, I agree. Congratulations on your new book!

Jill said...

Thanks, Patty and Laura!

Linda B said...

The book looks fascinating. congratulations! I've been to two rain forests, wonderful experience. We saw many kinds of new animals, but thank heavens not that frog! Thanks for all the poetic goodness this month!

Carl Scott said...

A very nice looking book but that frog photo just sells it for me. What a great image. Only about the size of a 5-year-olds foot? That's plenty big enough, don'tcha think?!

Cathy Ballou Mealey said...

I vote for the Hoatzin bird!

Looks like it emerged from the catalog of the new book "Aviary Wonders Inc."!

Jill said...

Thanks for visiting, Linda, Carl, and Cathy! I think the hoatzin is my favorite. It may have been the most fun to write about, anyway.

Esther Hershenhorn said...

Yay! Another Angry Birds book!
Congrats, Jill.
And thanks too for all you shared on RhyPiBoMo yesterday.
Your Fan Esther

Jill said...

You're very welcome, Esther. :) Glad you could stop by.

Keri said...

Did you have any particular resources you relied on for research? I love reading the information behind the books!

April Halprin Wayland said...

It's all that and more. I've held this fabulous book in my hot little hands--it's absolutely delicious!