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Eye Of The Forest (Children Of The Lamp)

Last updated Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Author: P.B. Kerr
Date of Publication: 2009
ISBN: 0439932157
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jan. 2010

Synopsis: In their latest adventure, John and Philippa Gaunt find themselves tangled up in a spellbinding mystery that takes them deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle in book five of the NY TIMES bestselling Children of the Lamp series. When a collection of Incan artifacts goes missing, the Blue Djinn of Babylon dispatches the twins and Uncle Nimrod to recover them. Along the way, though, John and Philippa encounter their friend Dybbuk, who was drained of his djinn powers but is determined to get them back. In a fury, he's headed to an ancient Incan Empire where he believes he can regain his strength. Dybbuk will stop at nothing . . . even if it means destroying the rain forest, opening a cursed portal, and disturbing the enchanted kingdom of the Incas that has slept for thousands of years. Can the twins stop their friend before he destroys everything?

Note to readers:
•  vocab: djinn (look up pronunciation for the volunteers) - genie amiable albatross - bird Methusaleh biblical character who lived hundreds of years global warming carbon footprint

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you read any other stories about the Incas? The Amazon jungle?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  If you were a djinn, what wishes would you like to grant for others? For yourself?
•  What wishes would you not want to grant?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw & cut out a magic lamp
•  Draw a jungle w/ glowing yellow eyes from the hidden panthers (& other jungle animals)
•  Draw & cut out Incan ruins

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!