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Children's LiteratureClear, inviting photographs that accompany a large typeface text and brief sentences create a welcoming format for newly independent readers. The first sentence, in the form of a question, brings the reader into the book as well. Within these thirty pages students will learn where the Everglades National Park is located. Some of the plants, birds, and animals that inhabit the area are named. Two people who have been instrumental in preserving the Everglades, Ernest F. Coe and Marjory Stoneman Douglas, are introduced. The problem of pollution is mentioned. A map shows the geographic location. The color photographs show the variety of vegetation as well as the animals of the area. At the end of the book there is a section called "Words You Know" in which the words are captions for small photographs. It is a good way for students with limited reading skills to recognize words. Part of the "Rookie read-about geography" series, this is a good overview for younger readers and is certainly appropriate for older students learning to read in English. 2005, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 6 to 8.