Colorful and whimsical watercolors by Alexis Lago illustrate the unique features of the Caribbean, from life in the seawater surrounding the islands to the oddities of the ecosystem on land. The focus is on how the animals and plants live together, and why we too should consider “rainbows, giant trees, tiny tiny frogs and speedy lizards” as “real friends and real family.” Both the author (a biologist) and the illustrator are natives of Cuba. They clearly love the subject of the Caribbean. In fact, in their Acknowledgments, they even write:
“Big thanks to the forests and reefs of the Caribbean, to each tree, fungus, snail, coral, crab and fish. Also thanks, of course, to the mountains, the clouds, the sea, the rivers and sun.”
This educational book is a great introduction to island biodiversity and is available in English and in a Spanish/English bilingual edition, as well as in other language formats.
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Published by Pangaea, 2002