Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas By Sandra Neil Wallace &Illustrated By Rebecca Gibbon

Back of Book:

Marjory Stoneman Douglas didn’t intend to write about the Everglades but when she returned to Florida from World War I, she hardly recognized the place that was her home. The Florida that Marjory knew was rapidly disappearing—the rare orchids, magnificent birds, and massive trees disappearing with it. Marjory couldn’t sit back and watch her home be destroyed—she had to do something. Thanks to Marjory, a part of the Everglades became a national park and the first park not created for sightseeing, but for the benefit of animals and plants. Without Marjory, the part of her home that she loved so much would have been destroyed instead of the protected wildlife reserve it has become today.

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from Simon & Schuster Publishing and Blue Press Media in exchange for an honest review.

“Marjory Saves the Everglades” is an amazing nonfiction narrative about the life and work of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. As a child, Marjory fell in love with the beauty of Florida. When she returned as an adult, she was saddened to see the way the land had changed. The rare orchids, magnificent birds, and massive trees were slowly disappearing. Marjory couldn’t let the beautiful land she loved change and disappear.

She began to examine the Everglades and ask mountains of questions! In doing this, Marjory discovered that the Everglades were actually a slow river of moving grass. Marjory would spend the rest of her days fighting to protect this unique environment.

Sandra did a wonderful job of bringing the determination of Marjory to life. Quotes from Marjory Stoneman Douglas are weaved throughout the text allowing readers to connect to her passion for the Everglades. The illustrations by Rebecca Gibbon are done with a blend of bright and muted colors that bring the nature scenes into focus.

The back matter of the book includes a list of birds and animals that call the Everglades home, as well as detailed authors’ notes and timeline. This is a perfect book to use in any nature or science unit. A powerful look at one women’s determination to protect the land she loved. 

Ages 6 and up

56 Pages 

Sandra Neil Wallace hopes that her stories inspire readers as much as they inspire her. Her book The Teachers March! How Selma’s Teachers Changed History was written with her husband, Rich Wallace, and has received three starred reviews to date. Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery received the Orbis Pictus Book Award, was an ALA Notable Book and a Booklist Top 10 Biography for Youth. Formerly, Sandra was an ESPN reporter and was the first woman to host an NHL broadcast. She continues to break barriers as co-founder of DailyGoodNH.org and lives with her family in New Hampshire. To learn more, and to download free activity kits and other resources, visit  SandraNeilWallace.com.

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