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DEEP IN THE SWAMP by Donna M. Bateman Kirkus Star


by Donna M. Bateman & illustrated by Brian Lies

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 1-57091-596-2
Publisher: Charlesbridge

The familiar children’s counting rhyme “Over in the Meadow” gets a fresh face in this engaging description of the flora and fauna of the Okefenokee Swamp. Clever internal rhyme, alliteration and careful attention to scansion make this an unusually well-done adaptation. River otters splash, snapping turtles swim, flame birds (prothonotary warblers) trill, marsh rabbits snooze, alligators bask, blue herons soar, damselflies dry their wings, bullfrogs jump, rat snakes climb and crayfish scurry through double-paged acrylic paintings accurately illustrating each creature in its habitat. The last few pages describe the swamp and its inhabitants in more detail, carefully pointing out those that do not, in fact, care for their babies in real life. Delightful as a read-aloud, a counting book or an introduction to the ecosystem for young naturalists. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)