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publisher: Tundra

Who Needs a Swamp?

by Karen Patkau

tagged: environmental science & ecosystems, zoology, environmental conservation & protection
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list price: $19.99
edition:Hardcover
published: Feb 2012
ISBN:9780887769917
publisher: Tundra
Description

Tundra introduces the first three books in its important new ecosystems series. Each title celebrates the world’s diversity by presenting a different ecosystem: its land and water, its animals and plants. The art is brimming with creatures and ecological features, described in fact-filled notes at the end of each book and in a useful glossary and map.
 
Swamps are often seen as a dangerous and useless. They are often drained to create farmland or to reduce diseases. But such measures can be disastrous. Who Needs a Swamp? explores wetlands and their importance in the food chain and in preserving our soil and clean water.
 
Not only is each book informative and beautiful, but it is a call to action for everybody who cares about the world in which we live.

About the Author

Karen Patkau has been writing and illustrating picture books, with a focus on nature and non-fiction, for more than thirty years. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Medal for her first book, Don’t Eat Spiders by Robert Heidbreder, and since then her titles have appeared on lists including Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalists, Green Book Festival Award finalists, Ontario Library Association Best Bets and White Ravens selections. Karen lives in Toronto.

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Contributor Notes

Karen Patkau is the highly regarded author and illustrator of many books for children. The first book she illustrated, Don’t Eat Spiders by Robert Heidbreder, won the Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Medal. She has also received several Dimensional Illustrator Awards. Karen Patkau lives in Toronto.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
7 to 10
Grade:
2 to 5
Editorial Review

“Nonfiction picture books are not nearly as common as they once were, but author and illustrator Karen Patkau proves that the genre is not dead. Her beautiful illustrations and maps present information in an easy to understand format for young readers…. Each book includes simple text for beginning nonfiction readers supported by detailed illustrations of the plant and animal life in each ecosystem…. All of the books in this series contain valuable information supported with illustrations that help young readers understand the content. The message in each is clear. We need to care about these different ecosystems.”
—Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

“Karen Patkau explore the importance of these vastly different regions, and the unique role they play in the world. Each book brims with the captivating creatures that make their homes here, ecological features, fact notes, a glossary and a map.”  
The Waterloo Region Record

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