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"A sparrow trills an aria. Two wrens sing a duet. Eight blackbirds nesting in the reeds Perform a loud octet."

Windy Hill Elementary

Grassy Lake Elem. decorated doors for my books. Here is Marsh Morning!

In Robert Noreika's studio reviewing Marsh Morning.

In the marsh near Marianne's home where many of the birds in this book sing their songs.

"Marsh Morning" on the big screen.

Marsh Morning

Marsh Morning by Marianne Berkes Illustrated by Robert Noreika

FRA 2004-2005 Reading Award
Science Books and Films Best Book List --Starred Review


It is morning in the marsh. As dawn appears, a heron stands motionless offshore. The blackbird begins the first song of the morning. A sparrow trills an aria, while two wrens sing a duet. Then the day bursts into song as we hear from the other birds of the daytime marsh environment. This charming book is not only a nature lesson, but also a music lesson.

Grades K-4; 8x10, 32 pages
ISBN 0-7613-1936-0, Hardcover Trade $15.95
Paperback version for $6.95 will be available Feb. 2011

PLEASE NOTE: Millbrook Press is now an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group 1-800-328-4929.

REVIEWS:

"This companion to Marsh Music is a great book for budding young birders." ---Booklist

"Morning comes to the marsh with wildlife awakening amid watercolor mist and movement...re-creating this unique ecosystem...Four lines of rhyme introduce the language of sparrow and wren's vocalization, and crane and woodpecker's syncopation, in a chorus of movement and song. This title is the perfect companion to the author's Marsh Music which beautifully graces many picture-book collections...This title will engage children as they enjoy the day that comes to an end with a night melody...Excellent!" --School Library Journal

"Through rhythmical verse couched in musical terms and colorful liminous watercolor paintings, this book takes young readers through a day in a marsh from dawn to dark. The complementary text and illustrations deftly capture the voices and behaviors of 15 birds.Two stars--Highly Recommended." -- Science Books and Films

"Wake to morning in the marsh, where the frogs in Berkes' Marsh Music are now quiet and the heron has swallowed his first bite of the day. Listen: a new chorus begins..The reader is led full circle; as the birds become silent, the frog is back, ready to begin the night chorus. Noreika's watercolors are beautifully detailed, capturing the rhythm and flow of the day..A glossary of musical terms, brief paragraphs describing each of the birds, and a bibliography complete this fine book. It is sure to be well loved by children and adults alike." --Children's Literature