Under the algae that carpets the swamp, near the duck who paddles in ooze, close to the turtle who takes a snooze . . . hides a gator! Still as a log, only his watchful eyes can be seen. But when gator moves, he really moves! What happens to the duck, the turtle, the egret, the deer, and the many other critters of the swamp when gator makes his move?

Written by Marrianne Berkes
Illustrated by Roberta Baird

Published by Dawn Publications

Available for order here   The Swamp Where Gator HidesPrint

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A pleasing introduction to the swamp appropriate for individual exploration or sharing with a group or class. (author’s & illustrator’s notes, further resources) (Picture book. 3-8)” —–Kirkus Reviews, February 2014

“Here’s a fun tale that introduces young readers to concepts of camouflage and predator-prey interactions. And kids will love searching for the hidden alligator in the beautiful illustrations.”–Annie Oxarart, Board Member, League of Environmental Educators in Florida

“What a fun book! The cumulative rhyming text brings smiles and anticipation with each page turn. Kids will search for the gator who is hiding while he waits for lunch to come near – and in the process will discover numerous other swamp critters. The detailed illustrations capture the beauty and drama of a Florida Everglades swamp. The Swamp Where Gator Hides is a great literature connection for the Florida Project Learning Tree curriculum.”

–Nancy Peterson, State Coordinator, Florida Project Learning Tree