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A lyrical creation tale of the Florida Everglades with stunning landscapes by Wendell Minor.

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Describes the Florida Everglades, the evolution of this unique area, and the impact humans have had on its once-abundant life forms.

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A lyrical creation tale of the Florida Everglades with stunning landscapes by Wendell Minor.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Describes the Florida Everglades, the evolution of this unique area, and the impact humans have had on its once-abundant life forms.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A particularly persuasive evironmental work.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"This haunting plea for the preservation of endangered ecosystems [is] a particularly persuasive environmental work," said PW. Ages 6-9. May
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
A storyteller teaches five children how the Everglades formed, what plants and animals thrived there, and how man's encroachment is threatening to destroy this "river of grass." The children are unhappy with the sad ending to his tale, but realize that it is their responsibility to change this by protecting the Everglades. Luminous paintings capture the setting perfectly.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
In this evocative tale, five children travel through the Florida Everglades by canoe, listening to a well-informed guide describe the evolution of landscape around them. Illustrated with majestic, full-page paintings, this exquisite book celebrates the beauty of the Everglades before humans damaged the ecosystem and encourages readers to restore this endangered environment.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5An Indian storyteller poles five children through the Everglades in his dugout, and in language as lush as the land of which he speaks, he tells them the story of the river of grass. He speaks with reverence, beginning eons ago, when there was only the sun and the sea, taking the story through the formation of land rich with lakes and rivers. His words, brimming with metaphor and simile, describe an abundant web of plant and animal life, thriving in ``a living kaleidoscope of color and beauty.'' Minor's paintings, alive with color and detail, open a panoramic door into this idyllic past. The storyteller continues, describing the various peoples who passed through or lived gracefully in this place. So, the children wonder as they look around them, what happened to all that you describe? Now his statements are stark as he describes how hunters, collectors, and finally developers pushed native species to the brink of extinction, or beyond. The listening children soberly ask for a happier tale and their guide describes a future in which they are in control. The story and the art create a mystical tale that flows from a serene start to a powerful conclusion. With the magic of Lynne Cherry's The Great Kapok Tree (Harcourt, 1990) and the strength of Chief Seattle's words in Brother Eagle, Sister Sky (Dial, 1991), this is a plea for conservation and a story eloquently told.Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064461948
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 566,584
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Craighead George wrote over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and she received a 1960 Newbery Honor for My Side of the Mountain. She continued to write acclaimed picture books that celebrate the natural world. Her other books with Wendell Minor include The Wolves Are Back; Luck; Everglades; Arctic Son; Morning, Noon, and Night; and Galapagos George.

Wendell Minor has illustrated numerous award-winning picture books, including Sierra by Diane Siebert, Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, and America the Beautiful, based on the poem by Katharine Lee Bates. Mr. Minor's art has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Norman Rockwell Museum, among other prestigious institutions. He lives in rural Connecticut with his wife and their two cats, Cindercat and Sofie.

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