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The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy

The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy

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The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy

4/5 (4 valutazioni)
70 pagine
39 minuti
May 27, 2014


Journey along with Dr. Meg Lowman, a scientist who, with the help of slings, suspended walkways, and mountain-climbing equipment, has managed to ascend into one of our planet’s least accessible and most fascinating ecosystems--the rain-forest canopy. “Fresh in outlook and intriguing in details, this book will strengthen any library collection on the rainforest.”--Booklist

May 27, 2014

Informazioni sull'autore

Kathryn Lasky is a New York Times bestselling author of many children’s and young adult books, which include her Tangled in Time series; her bestselling series Guardians of Ga’Hoole, which was made into the Warner Bros. movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole; and her picture book Sugaring Time, awarded a Newbery Honor. She has twice won the National Jewish Book Award, for her novel The Night Journey and her picture book Marven of the Great North Woods. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband.

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The Most Beautiful Roof in the World - Kathryn Lasky


Text copyright © 1997 by Kathryn Lasky Knight

Photographs copyright © 1997 by Christopher G. Knight

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jack Schultz for the photograph of leafcutter ants; to Raphael Gaillarde/Liaison International for the photograph of an inflatable raft and dirigible; and to H. Bruce Rinker for the photograph of Meg Lowman aboard an inflatable raft. All images are used by permission.

All rights reserved. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to or to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 3 Park Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10016.

The Library of Congress has cataloged the print edition as follows:

Lasky, Kathryn.

The most beautiful roof in the world; exploring the rainforest canopy/Kathryn Lasky: photographs by Christopher G. Knight.

p. cm.

Summary: Describes the work of Meg Lowman in the rainforest canopy, an area unexplored until the last ten years and home to previously unknown species of plants and animals.

ISBN 978-0-15-200897-0 paperback

ISBN 978-0-15-200893-2 hardcover

1. Rain forest ecology—Research—Juvenile literature. 2. Forest canopy ecology—Research—Juvenile literature. 3. Lowman, Margaret—Juvenile literature. 4. Plant ecologists—United States—Biography—Juvenile literature. [1. Lowman, Margaret. 2. Rain forest ecology. 3. Rain forests. 4. Ecology. 5. Ecologists.]

I. Knight, Christopher G., ill. II. Title.

QH541.5.R27L375 1997

574.5'2642—dc20 95-48193

eISBN 978-0-544-49574-6


We would like to thank the following people for their participation and invaluable help in making this book: Dr. Meg Lowman, director of research at Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, and her two sons, Edward and James; Jeffrey Corwin, the field naturalist at Blue Creek in Belize; and Edward Lowman Sr., who helped to build the skywalk at Blue Creek.

In particular, the author of this book would like to express her heartfelt thanks to all of the people mentioned above, who helped her make the ascent into the canopy despite her fear of heights.

        —K. L. and C. G. K.

Pioneer in the Rainforest

MEG LOWMAN climbs trees. She has climbed trees since she was a little girl in search of insects, leaves, and flowers, and now it is her job. Meg is a rainforest scientist, and her specialty is the very top of the rainforest, the canopy.

During the past ten years Meg has spent at least five days a month in the treetops, which adds up to six

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  • (5/5)
    This is a great book that has the ability to fascinate youngsters, as it has truly beautiful photographs of different rain forests and tells the story of a very interesting female scientist, Meg Lowman. The audience is for older elementary children, but I think that even younger elementary children would enjoy listening to it and looking at the photos. I think that it is considered specialized nonfiction because the authors center the focus of the book on the wonders of rainforest canopies. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the rainforest, and anyone who is going on a vacation to a rainforest because it--both interestingly and simply--describes life in the canopy of a rainforest.
  • (5/5)
    I've already read the book, I do it in school. All I want to know is the answer this good question: Is Edward the youngest son of Meg? I'm doing a narrative on him and I really need to know so I can make my narrative story make sense.