Where Once There Was a Wood by Denise Fleming

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Deer live in the woods, rabbits live in meadows, fish live in creeks, and people live in houses. We all need homes. But we need not destroy one while building another.

This eloquent book shows young readers how people and animals can live side by side. Starting, of course, in our own backyards!

About Denise Fleming

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Denise Fleming was awarded a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pound. She also wrote and illustrated In the Tall, Tall Grass, Lunch, Count!, and Barnyard Banter. Where Once There Was a Wood was inspired by the woods, meadows, and creek near her home in Toledo, Ohio."I spent a great deal of time in the area watching wild creatures go about their lives," she says. "And it was there that I collected plant material for the borders of this book. Unfortunately, the area is now a housing development."Fleming wants to enusre that the former woodland is not forgotten. "I hope this book will inspire others to preserve--and create--their own wildlife habitats."
Published April 15, 1996 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 34 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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sit houses side by side/twenty houses deep''--demonstrates that there was another sort of community before people arrived, ``where once the brown snake/slithered and slipped out of sight.'' An ecology lesson it surely is, but it's also a celebration of the earth and its creatures.

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In the form of a single brief verse, she accompanies her art with a chronicle of creatures displaced by a newly erected housing development, ""where once the heron fished/ and speared his glittering food.../ sit houses side by side/ twenty houses deep."" Four well-designed pages follow the text w...

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