Vernal Pools


ages 7-10; Tillbury House, 2013

If you don’t know what you’re looking for you might walk right by a vernal pool, thinking it’s nothing more than a puddle. Vernal pools are small, but they’re an important part of the spring landscape. These tiny wetlands provide homes for frogs, salamanders and other creatures. They provide water and food for larger animals. They teem with tiny zooplankton and are filled with plants of all sorts.

Author Kimberly Ridley and illustrator Rebekay Reye have teamed up to present the life and times of a vernal pool in Maine, told from the point of view of the vernal pool itself. You’ll find great language, informational sidebars, and a glossary at the back. Head over to Archimedes Notebook for some “Beyond the Book” activities.

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