Sojourn Into The Night: A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest (Paperback)
This unrhymed, poetic narrative captures the stillness of the night and my delight in seeing camouflaged creatures of the Peruvian Rainforest. This book contains thirty beautiful, original watercolor illustrations. Look closely. You'll find creatures hidden among the leaves. See monkeys, bats, the katydid, bullfrog, walking stick, owl butterfly, duck family, and the snake and unnamed creatures under cover of the night sky. Enjoy flashes of red, orange, pink interrupting the achromatic backdrop-bromeliads, orchids and lilies, familiar sights in an unfamiliar waterscape. Watch the shaman work his magic. Read the poems to learn facts about the bats, katydid, bullfrog, walking stick, and the owl butterfly. Awestruck by the beauty of the Peruvian rainforest, I behold what is hidden in plain sight. Aided by the full moon, the stars and three flashlights, the jungle guide traces the almost imperceptible camouflaged creatures, unseen but for the probing lens and heightened senses of this mentor who, among the cacophony of undefined sounds amid ambiguous paths with buttress roots spread wide, staunch soldiers in their mission as lianas reach up with wooden fingers in communion with arboreal giants, quietly courses ahead in this exalted forest with depths of knowledge and intuition surpassing my own. In this unfamiliar great biome, I become aware of my limitations as a sentient being-capable of looking but incapable of seeing.
Author and Reading Specialist at New York City Schools, Elaine Donadio is a New York City girl by birth and by choice. Her characters reflect the urban lifestyle. She writes about what she loves and spends hours researching facts so her books feed your head, your heart and your soul. She's concerned about the effects of human carelessness on the world in which we live. Learning is the point but better viewed through the wondering eyes of a character whose experience communicates information and feelings as the world unfolds its secrets. You'll meander through facts, following a path that gently leads to what was previously unknown. Like a flower blooming in unhurried stages, you'll learn about our world in the context of personal experience.