The second title in a new series for the very young highlights the defining characteristics of various habitats, including plant and animal life, using examples from around the world.

Award-winning author Cathryn Sill and her husband, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, offer young readers a first glimpse into wetlands habitats. In simple, easy-to-understand language, this guide teaches children what wetlands are, what kinds of animals and plants live there, and how wetlands help maintain the delicate balance among Earth’s environments.

John Sill’s beautifully detailed full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of wetlands topography—from salt marshes along the seacoasts to tropical mangrove swamps. The astonishing varieties of wetland plants and the birds, mammals, and fish that live there are also represented. A glossary and afterword provide young readers with further fascinating details on the earth's wetlands, their creatures, and their conditions.


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Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

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John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina.

You can visit John Sill’s website here.



“This book will appeal to all readers interested in habitats...clear, precise, and easy to understand...meticulous illustrations bring each scene to life...” ―Library Media Connection

“The artwork is stunning, filled with realistic details and a beautiful balance of colors. The format would work well as a read-aloud” ―School Library Journal

“Exquisite watercolors and simple text deliver an important message...Look for the rest of their excellent books.” ―The Virginian-Pilot

“...the gorgeous watercolor illustrations will entertain the adults expected to turn the pages.” ―The Star-Tribune

“...beautifully detailed...” ―The Coastland Times

“This handsome book provides an attractive introduction to the variety, singular features, and great environmental importance of wetlands.” ―www.BooklistOnline.com

“Each wetland has different plants and animals, but all are vital to help maintain the delicate balance among Earth's environments. This book will answer the questions readers have about fragile and important wetland habitats.” ―NSTA Recommends online


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (primary) ―Kansas National Education Association 2009

North Carolina Author Awards (AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ―North Carolina Literary & Historical Association 2008