The Secret Pool

Ridley, Kimberley

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Secret Pool
You might walk right by a vernal pool and not notice it. Often mistaken for mere puddles in the woods, vernal pools are the source of life for many interesting creatures. If you look carefully, you can find them--and be amazed! These secret pools form every year when low places on the forest floor fill up with rain and melted snow. They soon become home to hatching wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and fairy shrimp. Even in late summer and fall, when many vernal pools have shrunk to mud holes, creatures such as turtles and snakes rely on them for shelter and food. The Secret Pool introduces young readers to the wonders right underfoot as the voice of a vernal pool shares its secrets through the seasons, and sidebars provide fun facts on its inhabitants and the crucial role these small, often overlooked wetlands play in maintaining a healthy environment.

Publisher: Gardiner, Maine : Tilbury House, Publishers, c2013.
ISBN: 9780884483397
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Raye, Rebekah


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May 12, 2014
  • IrishMoon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a good science book for grade school age students. However, I disagree with the recommended age of 6-8, unless you live in an area where your child has actually seen vernal pools. I regularly read advanced books to my 6 year old granddaughter & she simply didn't understand the information in the book in the style it was written. So my recommendation would be for ages 7-11.


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