We haven’t offered a giveaway in some time, so in honor of STEM Friday one lucky winner will receive a copy of the new picture book biography Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas by Sandra Neil Wallace and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon courtesy of Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (U.S. addresses only, please. See Rafflecopter for entry below).
About Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Marjory Stoneman Douglas grew up in Taunton, Massachusetts with her mother, but a one-time visit to her father in Miami sparked her lifelong interest in Florida.
In fact, she moved there after college to become a reporter for her father’s newspaper.
After serving in the Red Cross in Europe during World War I, she returned to Florida where she found, much to her dismay, acres of wild land had been drained and burned to build tracts of homes and businesses. She saw how all the unique plants like ghost orchids and Florida Scrub Ziziphus, plus animals like roseate spoonbills, storks and even manatees were disappearing as the Everglades were being destroyed.
Marjory realized how important wetlands like the Everglades were both for wildlife and also for replenishing fresh water supplies. She knew she had to act to save this precious resource. Would she be able to make a difference?
About The Book
You can see how powerful and inspiring her story is in this book trailer:
Sandra Neil Wallace has distilled 108 year’s of Marjory’s life into 56 pages of essential reading. The back matter is so full that it has spilled into the end papers. There’s an author’s note with more facts, resource lists, source lists, and an extensive timeline. Plan to linger there.
Rebecca Gibbon’s illustrations capture the lush green vegetation of Florida as well as Marjory’s lively disposition. Young readers will delight in finding all the hidden animals and plants in her illustrations of the Everglades.
Marjory Saves the Everglades shows how one person really can make a difference. It will delight both young historians, ecologists, and conservationists alike. Wade into a copy today!
The STEM Connection: Ecology
How does the biography of a reporter from Miami fit with STEM? Actually, much of the book is about the Everglades, which are a special kind of wetlands ecosystem. As Marjory wrote, “There are no other Everglades in the world.” Let’s learn more about it.
Ecosystem – A community of living things and their distinctive environment
Wetland – Ecosystem covered at least parts of the year with either freshwater, brackish water (partly salty) or salt water. Types of wetlands include:
- Swamps –wet areas with trees
- Marshes – Low-lying wet areas dominated by grasses and some bushes rather than trees. Can be found at the edges of lakes or streams. Salt marshes occur along oceans.
River – A large volume of water that runs downhill.
Rather than a swamp or a marsh, the Everglades is a meandering river that is roughly one hundred miles long and fifty miles wide. Marjory described it as a “river of grass.”
Many one-of-a-kind animals and plants live in the Everglades, which can vary between wet and dry from season to season and place to place. Some of the animals found there are land creatures, like the marsh rabbit. Some animals are equally at ease both in the water and on land, like otters. Other animals found in the Everglades are water creatures, such as manatees.
Make a list of some of the animals mentioned in the book or the Everglades park website. Decide whether they are land animals (terrestrial), live both on land and in water (semi-aquatic), or only live in the water (aquatic).
Then make a picture or diorama featuring the animals in their preferred habitats.
White peacock butterflies live in the Everglades.
- Activities and Teacher Guides about Wetlands at EPA
- Download an activity kit for the book at Sandra Neil Wallace’s website
- Visit the Everglades National Park website
- See more book-related activity suggestions at LitLinks: Using the Everglades to develop a love of nature
Grade Level : Preschool – 3
Publisher : Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September 22, 2020)
ISBN-10 : 1534431543
ISBN-13 : 978-1534431546
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She was an amazing woman. I first read about her when a school named after her was involved in a mass school shooting a few years ago. This book looks great!
I have not been to the Everglades since May of 2007 when my eldest daughter was just a baby. I remember that one of the trails we wanted to go on we couldn’t because there was a huge alligator across the trail. We told the park ranger and she was so excited.
That sounds like an incredible experience.
She is an awe-inspiring woman, both in foresight and in determination.
Roberta, thank-you for sharing MARJORY SAVES THE EVERGLADES with your followers. It was a joy to research and write about her life and to shine a light on new insights. I always felt that what Marjory contributed to ecology as a journalist in the early 20th century has been overlooked. I love how you incorporated her beautiful and powerful prose about the ecosystem of the Everglades with science.
I have never been but would like to go maybe one day. Thank you
Good luck. I hope you do get to go.
Thank you for sharing her story. Inspiring!