|Over in the wetlands : a hurricane-on-the-Bayou story|
Author: Rose, Caroline Starr
Various wetland creatures, from alligators to egrets, enjoy what begins as a calm and peaceful day in the bayou, then prepare for and endure a passing hurricane, and finally settle in for a peaceful night.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 175001
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 66418
Kirkus Reviews (05/01/15)
School Library Journal (06/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2015 K-Gr 4—Rose focuses on the actions of wetlands animals as they react to the approach, arrival, and departure of a hurricane. Her poetic text avoids the temptation to follow the familiar "Over in the Meadow" formula by varying rhythmic patterns to mirror the storm's energy. As the faint morning breeze intensifies in the bayou, pelicans and spoonbills search for food. A mother alligator returns to her den to keep her babies safe. Under darkening skies and churning seas, fish and turtles seek shelter while the hurricane twists and roars. Staccato pulses of verse mark its destruction before it fades, and the animals emerge to an altered landscape. Dunlavey's mixed-media illustrations reflect this trajectory, growing darker as the storm intensifies. Double-page spreads of bayou landscapes will capture and hold listeners' attention, especially close-ups such as the toothy mama gator carrying her babies in her jaws. Author's notes offer more information about featured animals from the Mississippi River Delta plus background on threats to Louisiana wetlands. Suggested websites offer additional educator resources, and some include student activities as well. VERDICT Even collections far from the Gulf Coast will benefit from adding this effective portrayal of how weather affects the natural landscape and the animals that live there.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.