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Everglades Hardcover – May, 1995

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Newbery Medalist George presents a haunting plea for the preservation of endangered ecosystems, a plea strengthened by Minor's majestic paintings. Poling a canoe through the Everglades, a man tells his five young passengers a story. Beginning with "the age of the Seashells," the narrator shows the children how the spillover from Lake Okeechobee became "a slow river that gleamed like quicksilver"; and how the "saw grass clattered like a trillion swords" when the wind blew. As he describes "all things large and small that make the Earth beautiful," full-spread art depicts the river's history, while medallions top text pages with symbols of the vanishing Everglades. When the storyteller details the wanton destruction of this habitat, the dispirited children request "a happy story." He then tells of how "five children and a storyteller poled into the Everglades" and "eventually the children grew up and ran the Earth." With her narrative skill and expertise as a naturalist, George adroitly avoids didacticism. A particularly persuasive environmental work. Ages 6-9.
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Grade 2-5?An Indian storyteller poles five children through the Everglades in his dugout, and in language as lush as the land of which he speaks, he tells them the story of the river of grass. He speaks with reverence, beginning eons ago, when there was only the sun and the sea, taking the story through the formation of land rich with lakes and rivers. His words, brimming with metaphor and simile, describe an abundant web of plant and animal life, thriving in "a living kaleidoscope of color and beauty." Minor's paintings, alive with color and detail, open a panoramic door into this idyllic past. The storyteller continues, describing the various peoples who passed through or lived gracefully in this place. So, the children wonder as they look around them, what happened to all that you describe? Now his statements are stark as he describes how hunters, collectors, and finally developers pushed native species to the brink of extinction, or beyond. The listening children soberly ask for a happier tale and their guide describes a future in which they are in control. The story and the art create a mystical tale that flows from a serene start to a powerful conclusion. With the magic of Lynne Cherry's The Great Kapok Tree (Harcourt, 1990) and the strength of Chief Seattle's words in Brother Eagle, Sister Sky (Dial, 1991), this is a plea for conservation and a story eloquently told.?Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System
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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; 1st edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060212284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060212285
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the book's narrator, a Seminole Indian storyteller, poles a canoe filled with children, he begins by saying, "It's a story about a river... this river, the miraculous Everglades of Florida." In language rich in texture and color and metaphor (Lake Okeechobee was "a slow river that gleamed like quicksilver"), he tells the history of the Everglades from pristine past to precarious present. And while there is no denying the environmental focus of the book - illustrations and text both point to the impending destruction of the priceless habitat - the narrative never falls to sermonizing; it instead fosters genuine respect for the Everglades, and empowers its young readers to preserve and conserve.

Equal to the text, and at times surpassing it, Wendall Minor's rich and detailed paintings speak volumes in this beautifully illustrated book: Minor has taken a page from Audubon, carefully studying his subjects, and rendering them with fine attention to detail, all the while making it look effortless. Ultimately, this carefully choreographed dance between illustration and story gives readers, young and old, hope that they are the key to saving the Everglades for future generations. A truly beautiful book.
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This is another wonderful book by my grandson's favorite author, Jean Craighead George. He loved it when he opened and saw what it was. He immediately flipped open the book and started reading while the adults sat around talking.

The book is perfect size for a child to hold. The pictures are colorful and show the natural wildlife found within the boundaries of the Everglades. The story includes history about the area and uses some special vocabulary words to describe what is seen.
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Since we live in Florida, this book is a must for the introduction of my school year. After we read the book, the students write and illustrate their own books about the Everglades. They enjoy trying to copy the illustrations from the book.
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Everglades by Jean Craighead George is a story that uses rich language to portray the Everglades to five children as they head down in a boat and hear a story. The narrator, a Seminole Indian, explains to the children about history of how man had abused Lake Okeechobee over time; illustrations within the story are great and relate to how we treat the environment now. Word poetry within the story beautifully paints a picture within the readers mind with words such as enormous, profusion, myriad, multitude, plentitude and more. Narration goes end when each child ask a question in which the narrator gives an answer. A clever ending leaves the readers with a warm feeling, but Everglades must be read for an ending to be revealed. Overall the story is a splendid read for first to even fifth grade readers with an excellent use of alluring language.
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Ordered this to my in-laws' Florida condo to arrive as we arrived from Canada for a family holiday. My 10-year-old, 8-year-old and 5-year old read it over and over again, mentioning details about Florida wildlife whenever we went out. A good non-fiction companion to George's "The Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo" which is kind of light beach-reading for kids.
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Fabulous photos, interesting text. Unfortunately, the packaging was inadequate to protect the corners of the book from being mashed and misshapened. But my 7 year old grandson and I really had a great time "exloring" the Everglades together.
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