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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 0890 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (January 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570915962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570915963
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—This stunning book spotlights the flora and fauna of Florida's Okefenokee Swamp, but it is applicable to most Southern swamps and bayous. The text is a version of the familiar poem "Over in the Meadow," with impeccable meter: "Deep in the swamp, in a hollow cypress knee,/Lived a mother flame bird and her little chicks Three./'Sweet-sweet!' trilled the mother. 'Sweet-sweet,' trilled the Three./So they trilled loud and long in their hollow cypress knee." Lies's meticulous and glowing acrylic illustrations feature myriad shades of green, yellow, and blue, calling to mind an Audubon painting. Concluding pages discuss each of the featured species, accompanied by detailed illustrations and interesting facts on the animal babies. This appealing title is a perfect combination of text and art.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Using the the rhythm-and-rhyme scheme of the tune "Over in the Meadow," Bateman successfully introduces animals native to the Okefenokee Swamp, which straddles Georgia and Florida. Each of the first 10 double-page spreads presents a verse spotlighting a family of featured animals: river otters, turtles, flame birds, marsh rabbits, alligators, blue herons, damselflies, bullfrogs, rat sakes, and crayfish. The text frequently mentions native plants as well, in rhymes such as "Deep in the swamp, where the cattails grow straight. / Lived a mother bullfrog and her little froglets Eight…." The last five spreads provide paragraphs of information about the animals and plants mentioned in the main text, extending the usefulness of the book as an introduction to this distinctive ecosystem. Throughout the book, colorful acrylic paintings precisely delineate the flora and fauna of the Okefenokee. A sprightly read-aloud choice for science units on swamps. Phelan, Carolyn
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The illustrations are very beautiful.
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This is a beautifully written book with great illustrations....fun for adults to read and delightful for children to hear.
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Great kids book- ordered it after seeing at a workshop!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Experienced Editor VINE VOICE on October 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
For over a hundred years, children have enjoyed singing the popular counting rhyme about animals "Over in the Meadow" by Olive Wadsworth. Contemporary writer Donna Bateman moves the musical venue from a New York meadow to the Okefenokee Swamp. Flame birds trill, rat snakes climb, and crayfish scurry in this new incarnation, titled Deep in the Swamp.
A single spread is devoted to each stanza, from "mother river otter and her little pup one" to "mother crayfish and her little crayfish ten." The remainder of the book's pages feature fascinating facts about swamp flora and fauna. In the Okefenokee Swamp, for example, the word "prairie" refers to open marshes covered with shallow water and filled with water-loving plants--a far cry from the often-dry prairies of the Midwest. The successful blend of fiction and nonfiction suits this beautiful picture book for a wide age range, from preschool through the elementary grades.
Illustrator Brian Lies pulls off a double coup with his inspired paintings. Each animal and plant is carefully researched and scientifically accurate--yet the animals also convey distinct personality. Alternately sweet, scary, or sly, these swamp denizens obviously love their watery home.
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What a pleasure to read such a great rhyming book. The words just glide and the illustrations are superb as children not only learn how to count but also "experience" life in the Okefenokee Swamp which is located in southern Georgia and northern Florida. It is important to realize that this book is for young children and the rhyme is for fun. Let's face it, very rare will a heron have six chicks. BUT I don't think that matters. What the children are learning as we read this to them is what these animals and birds look like. Our 4 year old son, upon our first reading, asked me the meanings of the word 'bask' (alligators) and 'soar' (herons). That meant he was listening and has now added two new words to his vocabulary!

At the end of the book there is information on each critter plus swamps and plants mentioned so this book is very educational and could be studied in greater detail if your child is interested. LOVELY!
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By Delaney VINE VOICE on November 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book has the sing song rhyme based on "Over in the Meadow". You wander through the swamp and find a mother and her little babies (some number) in some part of the swamp doing an activity that animal might do, and the book continues in that some rhythm with the next number and the next, etcetera.

The illustrations are very beautiful. When you complete the book there is a section in the back that discusses this Southern swamp and the flora and fauna indigenious to that swamp.

We enjoyed the rhyme, the pictures, the counting, and the information about the swamp. We like books that combine different areas of learning. But also like the Over in the Meadow rhyme this book is about the momma and her babies. But if you're a daddy with babies you can change the rhyme to suit your needs as my husband does when he reads it.
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This book is not only a treasure for the eyes, it is a feast for the ears. Bateman's impeccable rhyme makes the swamp come alive. It gives an accurate description of animals of the swamp in delightful verse. The author's notes in the back are perfect for classroom or home use. This is a book that little ones will wnat to hear again and again.
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By Tyson Tate on March 31, 2013
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This is one of my daughter's favorites from the library so we wanted to have it at home. It is such a beautifully illustrated book and the story rhymes which makes it more interesting for her and for me to read. A beautiful well-done book and that is appreciated since there are a lot of Bad children's books out there.
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By cup o tea on April 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The words in this book have a lively rhythm to them, and the illustrations are tender and filled with movement. It can be used as a counting book, but it doesn't overemphasize that fact. It is fun to read over and over again.
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By Mindy on January 7, 2009
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This is a beautifully written book with great illustrations....fun for adults to read and delightful for children to hear.Deep in the Swamp
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