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Everglades Wildguide

Jean Craighead George

Book Overview: 

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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GREEN TREEFROG
one-third life size

SQUIRREL TREEFROG
color variation

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

Stunning artwork with the seemingly ever-present message of caring for the earth told in a compelling way. Recommended it to my kids. The ones who have read it, loved it.

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.

Beautifully done! Informational. Origins of the Everglades.

The illustrations are 5 stars, but I didn't find the text engaging at all. Rather than being lyrical, it felt as though the book was trying to cram in as many words as possible.

The stars are primarily for the gorgeous illustrations. The environmental part of the story is a little heavy-handed.

One sided environmentalist propaganda with nice pictures. Here is what I added so that my five-year-old could consider both sides of the story:

"Where are the clouds of egrets?" a child asked.
"The hunters shot them by the tens of thousands and sold the feathers to decorate women's hats. Only a few su

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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