Rose, Caroline Starr. Over in the Wetlands: A Hurricane-on-the-Bayou Story. Il. Rob Dunlavey. Schwartz & Wade. 2015. $17.99. unp. 978-0-449-81016-3. Ages 4-7. P10Q10
A calm day in the bayou changes to a storm and then moves back to the peaceful night as rhyming text and watercolor, ink, paint, and collage show animals preparing for the weather’s assault and then enjoying the aftermath. Rose adapts the counting rhyme “Over in the Meadow” in her first picture book. The poetic view of the natural world finishes with notes describing the way that human activity threatens and damages the wetlands. Also included are facts about the animals incorporated in the book. Absolutely beautiful—a must.
Summer 2015 reviews by Nel Ward.