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Big Belching Bog

by Phyllis Root

illustrated by Betsy Bowen

Phyllis Root invites the reader into the stillness of the northern Minnesota bog. Bogs are a fascinating and eerie natural environment. Root's prose conveys the mellow characteristics and funkiness of the bog, while Bowen's woodcut illustrtion capture the murky but nonetheless teaming with life bog elements. Each page bring us deeper into the ecosystem, describing the chemical and biological decay as well as the various plant and animal species that thrive there. Tension in the narrative is conveyed by the possibility of hearing the bog "belch" - as a result of escaping methane gas produced by decomposing peat. The books ends with further factual informaton about bogs.


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