Book Review: Jingo in the Jungle by Serena Lane Ferrari
Deep in the rainforest – a magical place called the Jewels of the Earth – here lives Jingo, the orangutan of the jungle.
“I’m Jingo from the jungle.
I swing and I tumble.
With my tummy I mumble.
With my toes I can tumble!”
But today, Jingo and his friends are going to face the greatest danger of the rainforest.
A fun and engaging book that addresses the issue of deforestation and how it impacts wildlife.
Deforestation and forest degradation are the biggest threats to forests worldwide. According to The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), over half of the tropical forests worldwide have been destroyed since the 1960s, and every second, more than one hectare of tropical forests is destroyed or drastically degraded.
As the effects of deforestation continue to make headlines, parents today are naturally concerned with raising kids who care about the environment. Luckily, there is an effortless yet powerful way to help teach kids about these serious topics that are both fun and educational: Storytime!
Jingo in the Jungle by Serena Lane Ferrari is a great children’s book that can help children learn to love and respect animals as well as teach them the issues of deforestation and how it impacts wildlife. Jingle in the Jungle is based on the true story of an orangutan – in Indonesia – defending its home and habitat from being destroyed by a bulldozer. The story is told from the perspective of Jingo, an orangutan who lives in a magical place called the Jewels of the Earth – deep in the rainforest. Unfortunately, Jingo and his friends face a tragedy as a giant bulldozer destroys their home.
This educational and fun book takes your child on an adventure into environmental awareness. After all, what better way to learn about wild animals in the jungle than through the adventures of Jingo and his friends.
The benefits of teaching kids to care for the animals around them are truly endless. Over 100 species of animals are being lost each day because of the deforestation of their habitats. It is essential to teach our children how to be compassionate towards animals and, more importantly, to show kids how human actions can impact wildlife.
This story also allows children to see life through the eyes of the animals affected by deforestation, and this can be an incredibly powerful tool. By showing children the importance of saving the planet, we can help create a generation that is more attuned to the effects of our actions. Deforestation in Southeast Asia threatens many species, so there’s no better time than now to raise awareness with our children now.
This book is wonderfully illustrated by Ferdinando Batistini and compliments Jingle in the Jungle very well. The illustrations are rich in color and texture, and the captivating illustrations help readers immerse themselves in the magical atmosphere of the rainforest.
This educational yet fun story has quickly become a favorite in our home. We are animal lovers, and being able to read a story that features animals and how we can help them is a plus. This book teaches kids environmental awareness and the impact humanity has on our precious mother Earth. As a Mother, it is always important to read books with my kids that have meaning. Inspiring my children to improve our eycosystems and save our planet are important values I want to teach my children, and this fantastic book helps me do that.
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About the Author, Serena Lane Ferrari
“I’m a mother and an English teacher. I write books for young children that have the future of our planet at their heart. I passionately believe that children are our last chance to help improve our ecosystems, find solutions to major climate problems and to save the planet. I also believe passionately in the importance of reading to children from an early age, so do hope that my books help engage children (and parents!) and inspire them to believe in a better future.”
Rapid Fire with Serena Lane Ferrari
Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Serena: I have been writing fantasy since I was young, recently I discovered how it could be combined to crucial early years development. There are many benefits of Environmental Education. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there are four reasons to provide children with environmental education: (1)To make them more aware and conscious of environmental problems. (2) To boost their interest in caring for and improving the environment. (3) To enhance their ability to learn about their surroundings. (4) To broaden their ecological knowledge in subjects such as landscapes, air, water, natural resources, and wildlife.
Q. What do you love most about the writing process?
Serena: I love to do research; for example, when writing “ Saving Tally – an adventure into the Great Pacific Plastic Patch,” I came in contact with a lot of sea conservancy organizations that provided great information on the devastating impact plastic pollution has on sea life.
Q. How did you become involved in the subject or theme of your book? Serena: Jingo in the Jungle is based on the true story of an orangutan – in Indonesia – defending its home and habitat from being destroyed by a bulldozer. I hope the young readers will treasure this message of protecting our planet
Q. What inspires you as a writer?
Serena: My son and the future of our planet for him and all children.
Q. What type of books do you write?
Serena: I write books for young children that have the future of our planet at their heart. I passionately believe that children are our last chance to improve our ecosystems, find solutions to major climate problems, and save the planet. I also believe in the importance of reading to children from an early age, and hope that my books engage children (and parents!) and inspire them to believe in a better future.
Q. What do you love most about being an Author?
Serena: I love it when I realize that my book is read worldwide, from the USA to Italy, From Australia to Spain, …it has been sold in more than ten countries. Every day a child around the world reads my story and, I hope, he is inspired by it.
Q. Can you tell us about one of the most rewarding moments you have had as an author?
Serena: My book “The Hidden Spaceship” was listed at number 3 of best space earth books of 2019.
Q. Are you working on anything at the present that you would like to share with your readers about?
Serena: My next book Is also about inclusion and self-esteem although still with a green heart (Stinky Super Skunk).
Q. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
Serena: Jingo in the Jungle is a story that speaks directly to kids showing what deforestation can do on animals and wildlife habitats.
Q. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Serena: Yes, I receive emails asking more info about the animal characters, and I receive pictures from my readers reading my books.
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All in all, my family and I have really enjoyed this book and we know you will too! Please feel free to leave me any comments or questions about this review. I look forward to hearing from you!
* This book was kindly sent to me by Author, Serena Lane Ferrari in exchange for an honest review.