Wetlands

Wetlands

by Shirley W. Gray
     
 

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Examines swamps, marshes, bogs and other kinds of wetlands, including the plants and animals that live there, and environmental threats. Includes information on the Florida Everglades.

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Examines swamps, marshes, bogs and other kinds of wetlands, including the plants and animals that live there, and environmental threats. Includes information on the Florida Everglades.

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Children's Literature
This entry in the "First Reports" series describes the climate and conditions, landscape features, and plants and animals found in wetlands. Special vocabulary (ten words including bog, bacteria, decay, swamp and amphibians) appears in bold type and again in a glossary. While a nutria (spelled here as nutrea) is mentioned as a South American rodent import that destroys swamps by eating plants, it is included in a discussion of challenges rather than in the animals' section, which may confuse youngest readers. The book does a good job of pointing out that developers must replace the wetlands they use up with new wetlands elsewhere, something that readers should become increasingly aware of. Pictures are current, varied and well-captioned. This useful and clearly written text provides a good introduction to the subject for young readers and is supported with a short "Did You Know?" section, "Facts at a Glance," book and web site references, an index and "Places to Write to for More Information." 2001, Compass Point Books, $21.26. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-These slim volumes introduce particular biomes. The first book presents an overview of the different kinds of wetlands and describes the many animals that inhabit them. Particular attention is given to the Everglades, and the author conveys a positive, hopeful picture for its future and that of other wetlands. This title complements Darlene Stille's Wetlands (Children's, 2000). In Tundra, the difference between "arctic" and "alpine" tundra is explained much better than in similar books for this audience. The straightforward text includes some interesting asides, such as the finding of a 23,000-year-old woolly mammoth in the permafrost of Russia's tundra. The photography in both books is good but often does not reflect the text, e.g., the picture of a snowshoe hare is on the same page as a discussion of how long it takes rainfall to evaporate on the tundra. Serviceable titles where need dictates.-Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756509446
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
First Reports - Biomes Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.13(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Shirley W. Gray received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Mississippi and her master’s degree in technical writing from the University of Arkansas. She teaches writing and works as a scientific writer and editor. Shirley W. Gray lives with her husband and two sons in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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