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Welcome to the River of Grass
     

Welcome to the River of Grass

by Jane Yolen, Laura Regan (Illustrator)
 
In the Everglades, inches deep and miles wide, mystery abounds. What may look like a smooth, silent carpet of flowing grass is actually a world teeming with life. Amid tree islands and mangrove roots are animals on the prowl. A tuft-eared bobcat gives an eerie yoooooowl, a raccoon carefully washes his food, an osprey guts a fish, and an alligator waits with

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In the Everglades, inches deep and miles wide, mystery abounds. What may look like a smooth, silent carpet of flowing grass is actually a world teeming with life. Amid tree islands and mangrove roots are animals on the prowl. A tuft-eared bobcat gives an eerie yoooooowl, a raccoon carefully washes his food, an osprey guts a fish, and an alligator waits with shroudlike eyes for a redbelly turtle to swim too close. From creatures that fly to those that crawl, here is the cycle of life in the Everglades, presented in lilting, poetic words and lush, dramatic images. A perfect armchair tour through a surprisingly vast array of wildlife in a swampy strip unlike any other place on earth.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jane Yolen turns her eye towards the Everglades in Welcome to the River of Grass, the fourth installment of her environmentally themed collaboration with illustrator Laura Regan. From the start readers are invited into a world of rare beauty ("Welcome to the river of grass,/ running green/ from side to side,/ a river that is inches deep/ and miles wide"). Regan's marshy green and gold-tinged gouache evokes the wetlands' hazy days. ( Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Yolen and Regan have collaborated on three other Welcome books, and their fourth is as hauntingly beautiful as the others. Yolen's understated poetry speaks volumes, and Regan's gouache illustrations of the Florida Everglades make it seem like a shimmering, mystical place. The book's last page gives young readers a heads-up on this strange, endangered paradise—"the river of grass, running green from side to side, a river that is inches deep, and miles wide." 2001, G.P. Putnam's Sons, $15.99. Ages 2 to 7. Reviewer:Donna Freedman
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-This river of grass, "running green/from side to side,/a river that is inches deep/and miles wide," is part of the Everglades, though it is never named in the text in this poetic introduction to some of its animal inhabitants. Lacking an explanation of the actual terrain of this region, the grassy metaphor becomes confusing with sudden shifts to water and forest views with little grass. The text covers the span of a day. Opening scenes of grassy reaches with islands of trees and deer stopping to feed in the early morning turn abruptly to a dark-as-night view of an otter in water watched by a prowling bobcat. Regan's double-page gouache paintings feature compelling portraits of some of the animals. The anhinga, barred owl, and raccoon are quite striking. A few animals are much less distinctive, and viewers will be hard-pressed to find the palmetto bugs that "like shiny brown leaves,/weave in and out of the grass." The yellow cast to sky and grass throughout the day suggests a swampy murkiness; later, the sky deepens to blue. Though less coherently developed than earlier habitat presentations by Yolen and Regan, the informal structure of the verse reads well with frequent use of rhyme, rich imagery, and occasional humor. Teachers will appreciate the concluding note on the endangered Everglades ecosystem, and children will like the animals.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399232213
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.86(w) x 11.24(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
AD1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

The author of over 300 books, including children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, Jane Yolen is perhaps best known for Owl Moon, a sweet and tender picture book written in verse about a father taking his child out owling. She is also the author of The Devil’s Arithmetic, a historical fiction novella about a girl who is transported back in time to Poland during WWII.

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