South America - Books - Intermediate
Title Summary 4th
A Is for the Americas In this book, Americas refers to North, 1,2,3,4
Cynthia Chin-Lee and Central, and South America. It uses the
Terri de la Peña, 1999. concept of alphabet letters to introduce
history, customs, food, geography, animals,
homes, and other cultural elements—for
example, “E is for empanada,” “K is for
kayak,” and “Y is for Yucatan.” Extra Spanish-
language alphabet letters are included at the
Carnaval Come and join the Carnaval celebration in 1,2,3,4
George Ancona, 1999 Olinde, Brazil! The highlights of this book are
the bold photographs, which put the reader
right in the middle of this holiday. Beginning
with an explanation of the reasons for
Carnaval and continuing through preparation
to the actual celebration days, the story is told
primarily through pictures with
Machu Picchu Author Elizabeth Mann depicts the rise and 1,2,3,4
Elizabeth Mann, 2000. fall of Machu Picchu and possible reasons
why it was spared from destruction by the
Spaniards. She also gives readers a general
sense of what Inca life was like, from
agriculture and religion to work and warfare.
Aletin and The Falling Sky: A Mocovi Myth When the falling Sky causes the Sun to crash 1,2,4
Retold by Melinda Lilly, 1999. to the Earth, Aletin saves the situation and
finds that his people and their world have
been changed forever.
At Home in The Rain Forest An examination of the plants and animals of 1,4
Diane Willow, 1991. the Amazoian rainforest.
Brazil: The People Explores how the history, climate, geography, 1,2,4
Malika Hollander, 2003 and religion of Brazil have shaped the
customs and practices of modern daily life for
some of the poorest and some of the
wealthiest people in South America.
Buenos Aires Describes the history, culture, daily life, food, 1,2
Deborah Kent, 1998 sports, and points of interest of the capital
and largest city of Argentina, South America
Cabeza de Vaca: A biography of the Spanish conquistador who
Conquistador Who Cared survived a failed mission to Florida to spend
Mary Dodson Wade seven years among Indians in the American
Southwest and then tried to secure humane
treatment of the Indians in the lower half of
the South American continent.
Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon Introduces the world of the freshwater 1,2,3,4
Sy Montgomery, 2002. dolphins called Encantados, or Enchanted, by
the people who live near them in the region of
the Amazon and Orinoco rivers in South
Hands-on Latin America: Art Activities for All Ages Contains instructions for thirty-five art 1,2,4
Yvonne Y. Merrill activities developed to replicate museum
artifacts from ancient cultures of Central and
South America, including jewelry, Inca
panpipes, jaguar masks, and other items.
Huatya Curi and The Five Condors: A Huarochiri Myth Huatya Curi, also known as Potato Eater, son 1,2,3,4
Retold by Melinda Lilly of the mountain spirit Paria Caca, challenges
Illustrated by Charles Reasoner, 1999. a greedy king and wins a worthy bride,
releasing his father from his icy mountain
Jabuti, The Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from The Amazon All the birds enjoy the song-like flute music of 1,2,3,4
Told and illustrated by Gerald McDermott, 2001 Jabuti, the tortoise, except Vulture, who,
jealous because he cannot sing, tricks Jabuti
into riding his back toward a festival planned
by the King of Heaven.
Magellan: Ferdinand Magellan and Text and illustrations survey Ferdinand 1,3,4,
The First Trip Around The World Magellan's circumnavigation of the world in
Michael Burgan, 2002 the sixteenth century, describing Magellan's
life before the voyage, his ships and crew,
mutiny early in the trip, explorations in South
America, and Magellan's death, providing a
glossary, lists of important dates and people,
and selected further resources.
Poison Dart Frogs A variety of colorful and tiny poison dart frogs 1,2,3
Jennifer Owings Dewey, 2001 living in the rain forests of Central and South
America are pictured in their natural habitat.
Topics covered include: mating habits,
natural predators, methods to extract the
frog's poison, and its unique nurturing habits.
Tales of The Amazon: How The Munduruku Indians Live Tells the story of a child who is raised to be 1,2,3,4
Daniel Munduruku, 2000 the religious leader of his Munduruku group in
the Brazilian state of Para; describes how the
Munduruku and other Indian peoples of the
Amazon region live; and provides
autobiographical information about the
author, a member of the Munduruku ethnic
group, and his experiences living in Sao
Yanomamis Examines the history, life, traditions, and 1,2,3,4
Elizabeth Sirimarco, 2000 culture of the Yanomami, aborigines of South
America whose territory stretches across
30,000 square miles of tropical rain forest in
southern Venezuela and northern Brazil.