Children's Literature - Melinda Medley SprinkleMarshes and swamps are wetlands of moist, wet ground or areas with a layer of shallow water over a muddy bottom. Wetlands are found throughout the world and have existed for thousands of years. Marshes and swamps are important for many reasons, such as acting as a holding tank for water that helps reduce the risk of flooding, preventing land erosion, and providing a home to many endangered plants and animals. This book explains similarities and differences among marshes and swamps, their role in nature, and the ecosystems found within them. Beautiful hand-drawn pictures help express the importance of wetlands and the many kinds of life found in them. A map listing wetlands to visit in the United States and Canada, as well as a page of important facts about wetlands are included.
School Library JournalGr 1-3In this excellent introduction to the delicate world of ecosystems, Gibbons describes the symbiotic relationships between plants and animals with just the right amount of detail for young readers. The differences and similarities between marshes and swamps are discussed and the evolution of the wetlands is explained in simple terms. Watercolor paintings done in muted, natural tones teem with creatures, labeled and shown in their natural habitats. After decrying the destruction of these important wetlands that upsets the delicate balance of nature, Gibbons then describes methods currently being used to protect and preserve them. A map of swamps and marshes in North American and a fact sheet on wetlands are included. Good easy-to-read nonfiction.Kit Vaughan, J. B. Watkins Elementary School, Midlothian, VA
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