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Science Books & FilmTwo Stars (Highly Recommended)
Difficulty Level: Elementary, grades 1-4
Through rhythmical verse couched in musical terms and colorful luminous watercolor paintings, this book takes young readers through a day in a marsh from dawn to dark. As the day advances, the reader meets a changing cast of birds at home in the wetlands. The marsh is a composite, with elements lifted from eastern, prairie, southern, and northern wetlands. Thus, there appear red-winged blackbirds, sandhill cranes, white ibis, and a loon, among other birds. The complementary text and illustrations deftly capture the voices and behaviors of 15 birds. Young readers will enjoy the versified text and illustrations. For them, the book will be a fascinating introduction to musical concepts and marshlands, so often viewed as wastelands to be drained.
Marsh Morning is an excellent read-aloud book. The reader must linger on each double -spread set of pages in order to allow the listener to absorb the engaging paintings that capture the changing mood of the marsh throughout the day. The book has a glossary of musical terms introduced in the text, short biographical sketches of the 15 marsh birds presented in the volume, and a short bibliography of books on birds. — Robert Leo Smith, emeritus, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.