Fables of the Amazon

Fun Lessons in Ecology

Children - Educational
245 Pages
Reviewed on 02/06/2020
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Author Biography

Based in biodiversity-rich Ecuador, Alan wears several hats: he is an author-illustrator, an educator and a conservation biologist. Alan’s work is inspired by the majesty and fragility of nature and the need to do everything we can to protect it.
Alan combines his artistic creativity with his technical experience and knowledge to create scientifically accurate, educational graphic novels full of quirky, comic humour and fun action that also bear a message about how everyone can help preserve Nature.
He is the author and illustrator of five non-fiction graphic novels for middle grade children, among which his main ongoing focus is the Captain Polo series about climate change. Alan is also the author of 3 climate change-themed picture books for children within the 6-8 age range.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Fables of the Amazon: Fun Lessons in Ecology by Alan J. Hesse and Louise H. Emmons bring to life the way of the jungle through humorous moral and educational tales. The stunning illustrations have rich details that depict the various animals and people living in the Amazon. The stories introduce children to various characters that include a jaguar that gains lessons in pride, various animal facts from wild macaws to rheas, vaccinating animals, and the importance of predators in an ecosystem.

This is an amazing resource that teaches children valuable lessons with the focus specifically on the Amazon and weaves throughout important facts about life in the Amazon. The artwork contains vivid details and often depict humorous situations that give a visual to the important lessons. A variety of characters teach children facts about animal life in the Amazon from wild macaws to ants to rheas. Each tale has the clear tone of a fable such as the story of a lazy grasshopper that suffers during a fire while a group of ants that have planned for the future find safety underground.

Fables of the Amazon: Fun Lessons in Ecology by Alan J. Hesse and Louise H. Emmons touches upon specific endangered animals due to threats to their environment. The toucan is an important figure throughout as a primary character that often speaks directly to the reader to deliver the moral or lesson of the story. Among the forest facts are lessons about the humans’ theft of animal land, using animals for unnecessary medicinal reasons, and various looks at ecosystems. The end of the book contains a glossary that features various animals and provides children with further insight. Fables of the Amazon delivers important forest lessons, animal facts, and moral tales through humorous stories and vivid images that will broaden children’s minds to the unique world of the Amazon.