Here Is the Wetland

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The wetland is a murky, moist, and mysterious world. Atop its glittering surface and beneath its shadowy depths, birds, bass, minks, and muskrats struggle to survive and flourish. Madeleine Dunphy’s lyrical prose shows the relationships between the wetland’s plants and animals, giving young readers a clear picture of how each living creature depends on the others for survival. Illustrator Wayne McLoughlin adds stunning visuals,  with luminous, detailed paintings that convey the fragile beauty and complexity ...

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Overview

The wetland is a murky, moist, and mysterious world. Atop its glittering surface and beneath its shadowy depths, birds, bass, minks, and muskrats struggle to survive and flourish. Madeleine Dunphy’s lyrical prose shows the relationships between the wetland’s plants and animals, giving young readers a clear picture of how each living creature depends on the others for survival. Illustrator Wayne McLoughlin adds stunning visuals,  with luminous, detailed paintings that convey the fragile beauty and complexity of this critically important ecological community.

Uses a cumulative approach to describe the wetland ecology of a freshwater marsh, the most common type of wetland in North America.

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Named an "Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12" by the National Science Teachers Association and Children's Book Council.

“An excellent addition to books on the environment . . . paints a picture of this ecological community. McLoughlin’s attractive, full-paged, colorful paintings capture wetland life.”
—School Library Journal

“Here Is the Wetland by Madeleine Dunphy makes this world appealing for younger readers and listeners. . . . Children love this type of repeating book so that will make this a nifty and popular introduction to an important ecosystem. The pictures are beautiful and the frog on the cover should make this a book readers will want to pick up.”
—Library Talk

“The rhythmic cumulative text of this book introduces readers to the interdependence of plants and animals in a wetland habitat. Uncluttered watercolors convey a sense of balance and harmony . . .”
—Horn Book

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A wetland is a place where water soaks the soil and all sorts of plants and animals live in this moist environment. The cumulative text tells about how the plants and animals are interrelated. McLoughlin's exquisite illustrations of the cattails, muskrat, birds, frogs, snakes and the like reinforce this message and provide a stunning visual visit to a freshwater wetland. The last page provides a brief note on wetlands and the animals depicted in the book. Also in the series are Here Is the Arctic Winter, Here Is the Southwestern Desert, and Here is the Tropical Rainforest.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-An excellent addition to books on the environment. Many children will be familiar with freshwater marshes and the animals and plants portrayed here, but this picture book is accessible to those readers who are not. Cumulative phrases, reminiscent of "This is the house that Jack built," give a pleasant cadence to the text, which paints a picture of this ecological community. McLoughlin's attractive, full-paged, colorful paintings capture wetland life. An address for the National Audubon Society completes this beautiful package.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977379583
  • Publisher: Web of Life Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: Web of Life Children's Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 705,055
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: BRL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 23.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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