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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

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70 pages
37 minutes
May 27, 2014


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Written by Newbery Honor author Kathryn Lasky with photographs from Chris G. Knight, The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy follows Dr. Meg Lowman, a scientist, as she ascends into the rainforest canopy. In the ten years before this book was published, Dr. Lowman has spent approximately five days per month exploring the canopy.

The rainforest canopy is one of the last uncharted places on our planet. It is difficult to penetrate, and anyone who does get in must be very careful to protect themselves and the beautiful habitat around them. Because it is so difficult to access, Dr. Lowman must use slings, walkways, and mountain-climbing equipment to explore.

The Most Beautiful Roof in the World has been a favorite among teachers since its publication in the late 1990s. Kids love the abundant pictures of an exotic world and teachers love the educational excerpts that accompany them. Learn about swinging spider monkeys, swooping bats, coiled vipers, and slinking salamanders in the vivid images of this book.

May 27, 2014

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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. www.kathrynlasky.com

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  • The space between the branches changes with each new grip, making a shifting geometry against the sky of sliding rectangles, split- second parabolas, and drifting squares.

  • Mining occurs when an insect eats through just one layer of the leaf’s surface, which results in a brown- ing pattern.

  • The words dissolve into the thick, humid air of the rainforest. They become meaningless sounds in the darkness.

  • They could only wonder about the canopy, brilliantly lit, noisy with bird life and the chatterings of monkeys.

  • Meg begins taking “snapshots” of leaf-eating activity.

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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 trade.permissions@hmhco.com 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.