River Discoveries

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Spend 24 hours on a river in western North America and discover 13 animals that depend on the river for survival.

Explores the wildlife that depends on a river for food and shelter. Discussion questions follow each section of the text.

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Overview

Spend 24 hours on a river in western North America and discover 13 animals that depend on the river for survival.

Explores the wildlife that depends on a river for food and shelter. Discussion questions follow each section of the text.

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Children's Literature
This beautifully illustrated book examines the wildlife living and thriving in a river ecosystem during a twenty-four hour period. The author introduces youngsters to thirteen animals that depend on the river for food and shelter. These animals include moose, ospreys, brook trout, water beetles, river otters, red-winged blackbirds, water shrews, catfish, raccoons, tiger salamanders, beavers, mountain lions, and dragonflies. Arranged to reflect a typical day (from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.—in two-hour increments), this resource features informative double-page spreads containing colorful watercolor illustrations, fascinating facts, and discussion questions. At the end of the book, an animal picture search and glossary are included. In addition to learning about the river's habitat and natural resources, young readers can also explore the physical characteristics and behaviors of various animals, as well as the interdependent nature of this special ecosystem. Young naturalists will have fun investigating all of the different river activities that can take place on any given day. This is a wonderful resource to read at home or take along on a field trip to a nearby river. 2002, Charlesbridge,
— Debra Briatico
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Twenty-four hours in the existence of a river environment are brought to life in this fact-filled picture book. Animals, habitats, and ecosystems are displayed through lifelike watercolor illustrations that depict the relationship of wildlife and insects to the river. The clear, explicit drawings provide an outstanding visual presentation and the potential for learning extensions. The easy-to-understand text is equally effective as a read-aloud or for research. A question is posed for each animal introduced, such as "How does this trout keep from floating downriver with the currents?" As the creatures enter the environment, readers see how they interact with it. This technique provides good visual reference as well as a basis for additional discussion and learning. The end of the book contains a beautiful spread showing a 24-hour perspective of river animals, and students will have fun sharing their observations and adding to a class discussion. This outstanding book provides a strong instructional tool for thematic integration of the subject matter.-Barbara L. McMullin, Casita Center for Technology, Science & Math, Vista, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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The author introduces 13 animals that live (or lived) near North American rivers, including the common dragonfly, water beetle, blackbird, raccoon, and catfish as well as the less common moose, river otter, water shrew, osprey, beaver, trout, salamander, and mountain lion. She describes how the different animals use the river from morning to night to find food, play, and raise their young. Each page is devoted to a different animal, the left page showing a full color portrait and providing text, while the right shows the animal in the pond at a specific time of day. The same painting of the pond appears on each right-hand page, only the changing light and shadow indicates the passage of time as various animals come and go throughout the day and evening. While the technique is interesting, it is not entirely successful here. The pale colors used and the sameness of scene sap the river of vitality. The effect is of a museum diorama rather than viewing a river first hand. Like the author's previous titles, Desert Discoveries (1997) and Tundra Discoveries (1999), there are some interesting facts provided, for example, the shiny water beetle sticks its bottom out of the water to draw air into a special cavity. Underwater, the air is released from the cavity via tiny tubes, allowing the beetle to jet along and avoid its enemies. A question is provided on each page to encourage careful listening. The title concludes with a double-page spread with all the animals present in the pond and a brief glossary. While the author's appreciation of the natural world is evident, the text is livelier than the illustrations. (Nonfiction. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570914195
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ginger Wadsworth is a native Californian. She received her B.A. in English from the University of California at Davis with a minor in American history. She has taken additional courses in early childhood education, children's literature, and creative writing. She has also studied outdoor education including general ecology, ornithology, and wildflowers.

Ginger taught part-time at an elementary level. She designed a nature program for her students and taught outdoor education classes. She is an environmentalist and a member of the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy Group, and several other conservation organizations.

Ginger has written many children's books, both fiction and non-fiction. She has a talent for presenting issues concerning the natural world to children. Some of her titles include, One On A Web, Desert Discoveries, One Tiger Growls, River Discoveries, John Burroughs, Sage of Slabsides (Clarion Books), Laura Ingalls Wilder, Storyteller of the Prairie (Lerner Publications), Rachel Carson, Voice for the Earth (Lerner Publications), and John Muir, Wilderness Protector (Lerner Publications).

Ginger lives in California with her husband has two grown sons. She enjoys gardening with native California plants, hiking, camping, bird watching, photography, traveling and reading. She comes from a family of writers and naturalists.

Visit Ginger online at www.gingerwadsworth.com.

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