Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Guardian of the Everglades
December 01, 1994
From School Library Journal Grade 6-8-The writer/environmentalist's story is related with equal emphasis on all stages of her life, from childhood through her latest and most recognized role as advocate for the Florida Everglades. The book has no fictionalization or fabricated dialogue. It contains fewer sensitive details (e.g., her husband's illegal dealings and incarceration) than Douglas's autobiography (Pineapple, 1987), and more coverage of her prodigious career. It is written on a slightly higher reading level than Jennifer Bryant's biography (21st Century Books, 1992). Douglas's lifelong contact with books and libraries is mentioned, and the discussion of her landmark book Everglades (Pineapple, 1988), is interest-grabbing enough to drum up readers. Inclusion of Hurricane Andrew's effect on the area in 1992 lends currency to the presentation and brings home the awareness that preservation of the "grassy river" is ongoing. The book is illustrated with occasional black-and-white illustrations. A useful biography of good quality that recognizes both the work of a woman and the continuing contributions of a centenarian. Valerie Lennox, Jacksonville Public Library, Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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