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As five children travel through the Florida Everglades by canoe, their guide tells them about the evolution of the landscape and life forms around in the Everglades. The language and illustrations describe the beauty and diversity of the Everglades and how it was ruined by people draining the water and building farms and cities on what used to be the Everglades, and the children are given the charge of restoring the Everglades to its former spectacular natural beauty. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt StoryTown, 2008)

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