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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Marshes and Swamps

Marshes and Swamps by Gail Gibbons is a picture book all about the wetland habitat.  I would call it more like a resource or reference book than a story book.


For example, there is a four-page spread on Freshwater Swamps. There is an illustrated drawing of what a freshwater swamp would look like with pictures and labels of different animals and trees one might find there such as a bear, beaver, toad, cottonmouth snake, willow tree, ash tree, and crayfish. Then there is a description at the bottom of the illustrations:


“Freshwater swamps are always waterlogged. The water levels change with the amounts of rainfall they receive. The trees and other plants will live as long as their roots aren’t under water for long periods of time.”
There is a four-page spread on Mangrove Swamps. There is an illustrated drawing of what a mangrove swamp would look like with pictures and labels of different animals and trees one might find there such as crocodiles, raccoons, reddish egrets, oysters, crabs, and mangrove trees.


“Mangrove swamps have a mixture of saltwater and fresh water. They are found along tropical seacoasts. Mangrove swamps are named after the mangrove trees that grow there. These trees stand above the water on roots that look like stilts. These tangled roots are shelter for many creatures that live there. Small fish swim around the roots. In big branches, brown pelicans make their nests.”


You will also find information on freshwater marches and saltwater marshes, as well as a map of famous wetlands to visit in North America.

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