Explore the rainforest with Benito in the picture book
MY BROTHER NEEDS A BOA
Written by Anne Weston Illustrated by Cheryl Nathan
Benito has a problem. He owns the only store in his remote rainforest village, and a pesky rat is driving away his customers. His sister has a solution: Benito needs a boa constrictor! But none of the snakes his neighbors find are right for chasing away the rat. Benito rejects one after another until, finally, the perfect snake chooses Benito. The vivid and richly textured illustrations by Cheryl Nathan are full of charming details, and children will enjoy identifying the animals that complete this picture of life in a rainforest community.
This illustration is from the picture book. See how many of the animals in the illustration you can find in the photos below, which were taken in a real rainforest.
The main character of the book is named Benito. Let’s imagine he’s taking us for a walk in a tropical rainforest. We’ll head for the rainbow’s end!
What could the squirrel monkey be trying to find in this coconut palm? Hint: it’s not a coconut! Look up the favorite foods of squirrel monkeys.
Rainforest animals, even brightly-colored ones, can blend in with the dense foliage or leaves of trees. Can you spot the macaw in the photo above? You know it’s there, because you hear its soft mumbling, and you feel bits of almond shells falling on you.
After your rainforest hike, you may want to relax and read a good book.
Book photos with Cheryl Nathan’s illustrations are from Star Bright Books.
Photos in Pavones rainforest by Patrick Weston