What does a capuchin monkey have in common with a pollen-sucking midge, an aphid-munching anole lizard, and brain-eating coffin fly maggots? Chocolate! Our favorite dessert comes from cocoa beans, which grow on cocoa trees in tropical rain forests. And those trees couldn’t survive without help from a menagerie of rain forest critters. This book tells their story.
“This clever circular tale with a curious title . . . take[s] children backward through the life cycle of the cocoa tree: pods, flowers, leaves, stems, roots and back to beans. The interdependence of plants and animals is introduced in the process. . . . Graceful ink-and-watercolor illustrations range from an expansive view of the rain forest to a close-up of aphids. . . . Backmatter helps young naturalists understand why conservation and careful stewardship is important. Children—and more than a few adults—will find this educational you-are-there journey to the rain forest fascinating.” starred review, Kirkus Reviews