Cover image for Crawdad Creek
Crawdad Creek
Sanders, Scott R. (Scott Russell), 1945-
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Two children find fossils, salamanders, dragonflies, frogs, deer tracks, and many other "treasures" when they visit the creek near their home.
Reading Level:
990 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 32540.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.7 2 Quiz: 27457 Guided reading level: M.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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-- Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children chosen by the National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council Joint Committee

-- Exquisite watercolor paintings draw children into a wondrous, watery realm

-- Lyrical text brings nature to life and shows how intriguing the simple things of life can be

A world of discoveries awaits young readers who follow Michael and Lizzie as they enjoy the many treasures of a nearby creek. They find rocks filled with fossils, an old arrowhead stuck in the mud, a crawdad hiding under a stone, whirligig beetles, water striders, turtles sunning themselves, and so much more. It's a quiet, beautiful world that gets richer the more you look at it.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. In this picture book, a girl reflects on the varied pleasures of visiting a nearby creek with her brother. She loves listening to the waters, the frogs, and the birds, as well as watching the crawdads, the fish and the turtles. The children pan for gold, but find fossils and animal tracks. The many concrete sensory images help keep the poetic text grounded in reality and accessible to young children. Painted with acrylics that sometimes look like watercolors, the precisely delineated illustrations stretch horizontally across the double-page spreads. A few of the pictures, with animals or animals and people juxtaposed against creek-side scenes seem out of scale, but most of the illustrations are quite effective. The half-underwater scenes are particularly striking and well done. A fine addition to any classroom unit on creek ecology. Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-"Come discover the treasures of Crawdad Creek," invites the author in this reminiscent look at the infinite fascination and variety of experiences found in a summer by a creek. In a loosely descriptive narrative, Elizabeth shares the discoveries she and her brother make. The beautiful illustrations are executed with acrylics using a watercolor technique, and immerse readers in a delicately lovely and watery childhood world. Framing the text at beginning and end are two winter scenes of the creek, and the cover shows it in the fall, which provokes mild speculation as to why all four seasons were not addressed in the text. However, the book fulfills its stated purpose of bringing readers' attention to the wonders of the out-of-doors and should inspire immediate explorations of the nearest body of water available.-Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.