Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Review: Life in a Wetland by Doris Dumrauf


by Doris Dumrauf
Picture Book Non-Fiction
32 pages
ages 4 to 8

Following up on her award-winning book Common Backyard Birds, nature photographer Doris Dumrauf points her camera at wildlife frequently found in North American wetlands: herons, egrets, ducks, frogs, dragonflies, alligators, and other amazing creatures. They all need food, water, shelter, and a place to raise the next generation. Forty-two full-color images vividly depict the animals in their natural habitat. Told from the point of view of the wildlife, the educational and entertaining text gives the young reader insight into their personalities.

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                                          *  real life photos from more than one view
                                          * easy to identify names
                                          * descriptions from animal's point of view


Through beautiful photos, this book introduces readers to various birds, insects and other creatures found in wetlands.

Every page holds a bright, beautiful and large photo of a single bird or animal, which can be found in a wetland. The name of the bird/animal is placed large at the top, making/ it simple to identify. There's one very large photo as well as a smaller one, presenting the bird/animal from a slightly different point of view. This gives the young reader a better impression of what the animal/bird looks like in real life. 

Each animal then presents itself in a short but informative paragraph. These are written as if the bird/animal speaks directly to the reader and discloses some of its traits as well as something which makes it stick out from the rest of the animal world. These hold a lovely amount of personality, which makes them fun to read and gives the reader the impression that they're really getting to know the bird personally. This is a nice touch.

The only thing I was missing was an index which listed on which page each bird can be found. Otherwise, this is a beautiful, informative, and fun to explore read.

And here she is...

Doris Dumrauf is an award-winning author, nature photographer, and public speaker. She has published numerous photo features in magazines and newspapers.
She collected the images in this book during travels to Ohio, southern Florida, and near her home. Doris lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband, two indoor cats, and a back yard full of birds and other wildlife.
Instagram: dumraufdoris
Her other works include:
Create Your Own Backyard Wildlife Habitat
Common Backyard Birds
She has received the follow awards: 
First Place Best Photography 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards
Silver/Second Place 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program in the Children’s Early Readers (6-8) category

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