TAKE" guide for visiting any Southern
Swamp in America.
Did you ever wish you could explore inside a swamp without
Well, now you
OR, you can take this book with you when you go swamping.
It will answer your questions
make you want to know more ~ much more.
The unusual format features an
ongoing real-life fictional narrative of the interconnected daily life of
more than forty swamp creatures ~ birds, reptiles, mammals, fish, insects and
plants. Facing each story page are illustrated side-bars crammed full of cool
info and fun facts.
probably like to see inside the book. Wouldn't you like to know what the
alligator on the book cover is doing with those hatchlings?
It's a book any nature lover will cherish ~ but you don't have to take our word for it. Listen to what these people who have already read it have to say.
WHAT READERS and REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:
The result is a compendium of information and facts about forty-six animals associated with these wetland ecosystems. Of special note is the engaging discussion of the characteristics of a swamp, how they are formed, the different classifications of swamps, and the types of plants and wildlife to be found in cypress swamps, as well as the hardwood forests, pine flatwoods, and scrub lands that surround them.
Enhanced with a comprehensive four-page index, "The Southern Swamp Explorer" is appropriate as a curriculum suppliment for environmental studies and highly recommended for non-specialist general readers ages 13 to adult."
Irene Brady, the writer and illustrator behind The Southern Swamp Explorer (Nature Works Press, 978-0-915965-05-2) builds more interest than a simple cataloging of common species could by focusing on forty-six of them in a linked narrative of predation and interaction. Along the way she comments on both general marshland conditions and curiosity-stoking details.
The author stresses the interdependency of swamp species, pointing out aspects of symbiosis that aren’t obvious. For example, alligators save more lives than they end. Their habit of digging deeper pools is a key to survival during the peak of the dry season, as those places end up being the sources of drinking water for many other species, only a few of whom are picked off for food. Brady points out that swamps aren’t static, they’re places in long-term transition: “…all habitats are changing from one type to another depending on fire, rain, drought, flood, and wildlife or human activities.”"
The remarkably detailed illustrations and the true-to-life narrative transport you directly into the amazing ecosystem of the deep swamp ~ then, the thorough, interesting sidebars reveal its wonder-filled mysteries, with close-ups, diagrams, and even a few funny rhymes to help remember things.
This extraordinary book is a true treasure for any naturalist, any age, anywhere."
Clear enough to hold the attention of a pre-teen, The Southern Swamp Explorer is also an absorbing journey for the curious adult looking for answers.
Take it with you next time you go swamping. It will greatly enrich your experience.”
Weaving her rich artwork and natural history lessons into the “big picture,” Brady has created a beautiful portrait of the traditionally unloved swamp. She captures the imagination while highlighting the assets and values of wetlands.
I recommend it for nature education programs, promotion of wetlands conservation, and for sheer pleasure!”
And with directions to some of the
best sites to view southern swamps,