Kathi Appelt has created a rip-roaring, glorious eco-tale reminiscent of a true American folktale. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp is swampalicious!
The theme of ecologist/conservationists/preservationist vs. developer is pretty common, but Appelt's story is fresh and woven as intricately as the swamp ecosystem itself.
Teachers can use this along with a lesson on wetlands. Check out the EPA's Wetlands Reading List for Pre-K through Grade 12.