The Swamp Where Gator Hidesby Marianne Berkes, Roberta Baird
A tiny baby sea turtle scrambles across the sandy beach and into the sea. Floating far out in the ocean, Kiki is becoming a gentle giant. She swims to shallower water where a rainbow of corals puts on a show. Kiki adopts the busy coral reef as her new home and discovers fish of all sizes and lots of surprises! But something keeps calling her back to the beach . . .… See more details below
A tiny baby sea turtle scrambles across the sandy beach and into the sea. Floating far out in the ocean, Kiki is becoming a gentle giant. She swims to shallower water where a rainbow of corals puts on a show. Kiki adopts the busy coral reef as her new home and discovers fish of all sizes and lots of surprises! But something keeps calling her back to the beach . . . and the circle of life continues.
This exploration of the creatures of the Florida Everglades is delivered in a familiar, cumulative House-that-Jack-Built style. The swamp scene begins with a simple bit of algae and expands bit by bit as the clever verse grows to include a bobcat, a vole, an egret up high in a nest, a grazing deer, a rumbling bullfrog and a "snake / who slithers around / past the turtle / taking a snooze / ignoring the duck / who paddles in ooze / under the algae / that carpets the swamp / where gator hides." Gator finally reveals himself as he makes a grab for a sunfish, who scoots away just in time. Poor Gator. "Who will he have for lunch today?" The realistic illustrations have a stiff and somewhat amateurish quality, but they are appealing nonetheless, featuring deep greens and browns with accents of blue and purple. Children will enjoy spotting the alligator hiding in each page spread and learning more about the swamp and its inhabitants through the notes that follow the story. A pleasing introduction to the swamp appropriate for individual exploration or sharing with a group or class. (author's & illustrator's notes, further resources) (Picture book. 3-8)
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Meet the Author
Marianne Berkes has spent much of her life as a teacher, children's theater director and children's librarian. She knows how much children enjoy "interactive" stories and is the author of many entertaining and educational picture books that make a child's learning relevant. Reading, music and theater have been a constant in Marianne's life. Her books are also inspired by her love of nature. She hopes to open kids' eyes to the magic found in our natural world. Marianne now writes full time. She also visits schools and presents at conferences. She is an energetic presenter who believes that "hands on" learning is fun. Her website is MarianneBerkes.com. Roberta Baird grew up loving both books and art. As an illustrator, she combines both of these passions to create whimsical pictures for children. Her house is full of pets, including Bailey (pictured), who is one of three dogs that, Roberta says, "own" her. There's also a cat, rats, a hermit crab, fish, and birds - including one very colorful Amazon parrot. Outside, right by her backyard in Texas, there is a swamp with turtles, bullfrogs, snakes and even a gator or two! Illustrating animals is one of her favorite things to do.
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Have you ever been in a swamp? What kind of wildlife lives in swamps? A swamp is a unique kind of half-land, half-water wetland habitat. The swamp in The Swamp Where Gator Hides is the Florida Everglades, where the warm, wet, subtropical climate provides ideal conditions for not only alligators, but also dabbling ducks, red bellied turtles, cottonmouth snakes, bullfrogs, white deer, great egrets, voles, bobcats, and sunfish. Which one will the camouflaged gator that hides under the carpet of algae in the swamp get to eat—if any? This rhyming text by Marianne Berkes, which follows the cumulative pattern of “The House that Jack Built,” and the colorful, convincing illustrations by Roberta Baird introduce young readers to the ecological environment of the swamp. A section at the end has a page of further explanation about the world of the swamp in general and a couple of pages with more information on the various animals mentioned in the book, along with tips for fun learning activities from both the author and the illustrator. Kids will love searching for the hidden alligator in each double-page drawing as they learn about predator-prey relationships.