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Yezerski, Thomas F.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2011
IL K-3, RL 5.3
ISBN 0374349134
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Have you ever gone to New York City with your family by car, train or bus, and passed an area that looked all swampy and flat.  Have you wondered what it was?  Welcome to the Meadowlands, a huge wetlands area in New Jersey where the Hackensack River meets the Newark Bay.  In this book, author Thomas Yezerski explains wetlands: areas where freshwater and salt water from the ocean meet and make the ground swampy, spongy, and flat.  Lots of very interesting plants and animals thrive in wetlands, things like bog turtles, ospreys and sunflowers.  Read about how glaciers formed the Meadlowlands thousands of years ago.  Learn about the Lenni Lenape Indians who first started living there, and the European settlers who followed them.  After decades of polluting the area with industrial by-products, read about how people started to realize the value of the Meadowlands  and began efforts to save them from destruction.  If you are a nature freak who loves exploring outdoors,  you are going to love this book.  If you love drawing things from nature, you are going to love Mr. Yezerski's art work as well.  You might even want to find out more about mummichogs, and impress your friends!  (Pennsylvania Young Readerís Choice Awards Program Booktalks 2012-2013)
SUBJECTS:     Wetland ecology.
                        Wetland conservation.
                        Hackensack Meadowlands (N.J.) -- Description and travel.
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