09 October 2008

Amazon review by Denis Minev

Amazon: A Young Reader's Look at the Last Frontier (River)
by Peter Lourie
Edition: Paperback
Availability: Out of Print--Limited Availability

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK FOR THE YOUNG READER ON THE AMAZONNovember 23, 2005
This book is aimed at giving a brief picture of the Amazon to a young reader. It focuses on a few aspects, such as: the indians living in the Amazon, the gold rush around the southern Amazon, the river and its dolphins, and the rubber boom and the railroad built to transport rubber. 

The book is written as a travelogue, describing the author's trip chronologically. It is simplistic, of course, as any book for children should be, but it provides some vivid pictures of the region. About half of the pictures are very good, the rest should have been reconsidered. 

My main criticism is that he associates the colonists as being evil doers destroying the forest; it is hardly ever an evil vs good fight. Anyways, I would recommend it especially to a family with children planning a trip to the Amazon as a way to wet the appetite.

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