Squish!: A Wetland Walk

Squish!: A Wetland Walk

by Nancy Luenn, Ronald Himler

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Bright watercolors evoke the sights, sounds, and smells of a wetland walk. The habitat proves to be much more than just a place that's ``squishy under boots,'' as a young, raincoat-clad boy soon discovers. It catches rain for well water and prevents houses from washing away. In the autumn, it provides a nursery for young salmon. It is a hunting ground for herons, a hide-and-seek place for seed-searching mice. Its plants filter out pollution. Garter snakes and water striders glide by. A chorus of frogs blends with the song of a blackbird. A sudden rain releases the earthy scent of mud and decomposing plants. With fluid words and attractive illustrations, Squish! will inspire young readers to a greater appreciation of this valuable ecosystem.-Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY
Lauren Peterson
A feast for the senses, "Squish!" provides young children with an introduction to the sights, sounds, and smells of a wetland as experienced by a young boy. Children are immersed in the imagery of a special place where newts, dragonflies, and water striders can be seen, the song of the blackbird and slap of the beaver's tail can be heard, and the pungent smell of rotting plants fills the air. Luenn uses simple language to explain some of the many ways wetlands are beneficial, and Himler's quiet watercolors beautifully capture the unusual, wondrous atmosphere. Youngsters previously unfamiliar with the wetland environment will gain not only a good understanding of the creatures and plants inhabiting the area, but also an appreciation of the importance of wetlands and the need for their preservation.

Product Details

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Product dimensions:
10.43(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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