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Morrison, Gordon.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002.
Physical Description:
30 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Observes how a glacial pond and the abundance of plants and animals that draw life from it change over the course of a year.
Reading Level:
AD 660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 66492.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.6 2 Quiz: 33684 Guided reading level: N.
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As winter melts into spring, birds return to the pond, turtles and frogs crawl out of the holes in which they buried themselves through the cold months, and the trees at the water's edge begin to bud. Witness the array of life in and around a pond throughout the course of a year. From the giant glaciers that carved the earth and melted to create the pond, to the microscopic plankton eaten by the mussels that slowly scoot along its bottom, no detail is too large or too small to be revealed and explained.

Author and renowned nature artist Gordon Morrison transports readers to the pond's edge to sit and enjoy the beauty and abundance of living things all around them. His detailed, masterful watercolor illustrations make this book as beautiful as it is informative.

Author Notes

Gordon Morrison is a well-known naturalist whose work has been praised by Roger Tory Peterson as Marvelous, beautiful, excellent . . . Morrison's work is so inspiring that I wish such clear material was available when I was slowly learning ecology. . . . We owe a debt of gratitude to Gordon for his interpretive skills as an artist. He is a superb teacher who uses visual methods." Robert Bateman likened his work to that of Albrecht Durer and Andrew Wyeth. Gordon Morrison makes his home in Massachusetts."

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. The rain and cold of late winter open this leisurely exploration of events that mark the seasons of a pond. Beginning with the appearance of red-winged blackbirds in early spring, Morrison documents in text and art the myriad plant and animal life that flourishes in and around the waters of a healthy pond, from pond lilies to fish and frogs and muskrats. The detailed watercolor illustrations are evocative and eyecatching. In some spreads, further information is presented in small ink drawings and tiny text tucked in below the main narrative. At times, this creates a disjointed effect, though the information is certainly pertinent. An attractive lesson that will be especially useful where pond ecology is part of the curriculum. --Denise Wilms

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Morrison observes and describes this habitat through the seasons. There are pages with a few short sentences accompanied by a small watercolor vignette as well as double-page scenes with a few paragraphs of text. Notes set in tiny type relate facts about the creatures, plants, or natural processes. Lovely, realistic watercolor paintings illustrate the text; small, detailed pencil drawings and diagrams accompany each note. Diagrams show how some ponds were formed by glacier movement and melting; the life cycles of the frog and caddisfly; how air moisture and mist form; and how a pond gets and loses its water. This lovingly crafted sketchbook has the potential to awaken in readers an awareness of the workings of nature. Read aloud at home or in the classroom, this title will be helpful in preparing for a trip to a pond or as an introduction to a discussion on preservation of the natural world. Barbara Taylor's Pond Life (DK, 1992) combines close-up color photographs and tidbits of information in a two-page introduction to each of eight pond insects and animals. Steve Parker's It's a Frog's Life (Reader's Digest, 1999) describes a year in the life of a frog and other pond denizens in scrapbook format.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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