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Friday, September 12, 2014

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The Swamp Where Gator Hides by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Roberta Baird is a bewitching book.  In a "This is the House That Jack Built' read-alike style, the text makes a rhyming wrap around your senses with sounds and description while the digital art takes you through a visual swamp.  We follow the gator through the muddy murk in anticipation of its mealtime choice. 

There is information on swamps and all the animals encountered in the story, plus tips from the Author and Illustrator.  Although the story itself stands up, the added non-fiction information and tips are like icing on the cake.  The explanation in the Illustrator's tips about how digital art is created is especially enlightening. The Author's sharing about cumulative story, rhyming, sequencing and puppets is a welcome addition for librarians and teachers.  

There is an amazing amount of activities at the publisher's website, here, for teachers. I can't wait to see what I can use for sharing in Storytime or when I do outreach at the schools. Here's a shout-out to teachers looking for Science connections - this publisher, Dawn Publications, has them!

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