Once in a River : Flowing out to the Sea
The great rivers of North America are teeming with life and on the pages of Over in a River - from blue herons in the Hudson to salmon in the Columbia, and from dragonflies in the Rio Grande to mallards in the St. Lawrence. Children will "slither" like water snakes and "slide" like otters while singing to the tune of "Over in a Meadow." And they'll count baby animals in watersheds all over North America! What a delightful way to learn about riparian habitats and geography at the same time!
- Paperback | 32 pages
- 223.52 x 248.92 x 5.08mm | 136.08g
- 30 Sep 2013
- Dawn Publications,U.S.
- Nevada City, United States
- colour illustrations, maps, printed music items
About Marianne Berkes
Marianne Berkes has spent much of her life with children as a teacher, children's theatre director and children's librarian. Marianne is the author of twelve picture books for children. Jill Dubins whimsical art has appeared in over 30 childrens books. Her cut paper illustrations reflect her interest in combining colour, pattern and texture.
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Have you ever seen a real, live manatee? Do you even know what it is? Over in the St. John River of Florida "Where the warm waters run Lived a mother manatee And her little calf one." Manatees are marine mammals which live in the ocean but paddle into warmer rivers when the ocean temperature drops below 65 degrees. Other kinds of animals live in, on, above, or around the great rivers of North America, like blue herons in the Hudson, salmon in the Columbia, dragonflies in the Rio Grande, and mallards in the St. Lawrence. Author Marianne Berkes discusses ten different types of such animals following the same pattern of the children's folk song "Over in a Meadow" that she used in her five previous books in this series, Over in Australia, Over in the Forest, Over in the Jungle, Over in the Ocean, and Over in the Arctic, the first four of which have been previously reviewed here. Do you know where otters live, what their babies are called, and what they like to do? Not only is the book educational but it also holds children's attention well with its interactive features. In addition to illustrator Jill Dubin's colorful cut-paper pictures enhanced with colored pencils and pastels which show the animals in their natural habitats near or on the river, each page names the animal with a map of where it lives, identifies the name of the animal's babies, and tells what the animals do. There is the added benefit of reinforcing counting from one to ten. And each picture contains a hidden animal for the child to find. Furthermore, the back pages contain more information about the rivers and the animals, along with tips from both the author and the illustrator. Under "Fact or Fiction?", Berkes writes, "The animals in this story behave as they have been portrayed-muskrats squeal, manatees paddle, and dragonflies whirl. That's a fact! But do they have the number of babies as in this rhyme? No, that is fiction!" Science, math, reading, and geography all in one fun book-what more could one ask for?show moreby Wayne S. Walker