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Everglades Wildguide

Jean Craighead George

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This is a United States National Parks guidebook written by a popular young people's nature writer, Jean Craighead George. It covers the Everglades in detail, from its mangrove swamps to its sawgrass prairies.

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Beyond the pinelands the road, having descended some 2 feet from the park entrance, brings you into the true everglades—the river of grass, or, as the Seminoles call it, Pa-Hay-Okee (grassy waters). To the eye, the glades look like a very flat, grassy prairie broken by scattered clumps of trees. During the dry season (winter) it is in fact a prairie—and sometimes burns fiercely. The dominant everglades plant is sawgrass (actually not a grass but a sedge). The tree islands develop in both high and low spots of the glades terrain. In this unbelievably flat country, small differences in elevation—measured in inches rather than feet—cause major differences in the plantlife: tropical hardwoods on the “mesas,” and swamp trees in the potholes.

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Community Reviews

A little simple on the view of the solution perhaps, but astonishingly rich illustrations, and I have a weakness for bittersweet.

Absolutely beautiful book. The hard truth of the Everglades from the Everglades' perspective, facts of what's been lost and why. The paintings and illustrations are just gorgeous. I purchased this book at a used book sale and am so glad I read it.

Beautifully illustrated. Sad to think about the Everglades as they are even compared to when the book was published.

I read this to my son and we are reading it again this week as part of our Florida Nature science unit. I've always loved Jean Craighead George, and I love that she captured some of Florida's unique ecological wonder.

Very informative -- short, lots of pictures and drawings. I was surprised (and impressed) to realize who the author is.

“Everglades” by Jean Craighead George is a beautiful informative book about the genesis of everglades. Although the title may seem uninviting at first sight, Wendell Minor’s naturalistic illustrations make the readers involved into the story. There are two layers of information: the illustrations an

Story of a river and environs.

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