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The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A look into a unique ecosystem, one that is endangered in many places

A seed is jostled from a branch of a mangrove tree and floats to a lagoon in the Caribbean Sea. It takes root, sprouts leaves, and slowly begins to grow. Over many years, the mangrove will provide a home and nourishment for numerous creatures of land and sea. Among its roots come to live fiddler crabs and
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published October 6th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Patricia Martin
Jul 23, 2012 Patricia Martin rated it liked it
With beautiful pictures by the author, Lynne Cherry, the life of a mangrove island and all its varied inhabitants are spread before the reader. Everything from manatees to pelicans to tree crabs live in on and under the island the spreading roots make. It is like a coral reef in that it supports so much life, but even better because so many birds nest or live there. Many river fish spend a large part of their lives in the ocean so cutting down the groves endangers a food source. They also catch ...more
Kristen-Marie Freeman
Una historia encantadora que luce un vocabulario rico y expansivo.
I am clearly in a grumpy mood because I found myself wondering about the point of this book as well as Wee Gillis. But really, there is no story here. I did find it in the children's fiction section of my library, but it's non-fiction. I mean, there's a fictionalized aspect to it, but there is no story. Way to make mangrove tangles as boring as they could ever be. You think there might be some tension at some point when some people think about cutting the mangrove tangle down, but then they deci ...more
Marie Buschke
May 07, 2014 Marie Buschke rated it it was amazing
I really liked it.
The Brothers
Mar 01, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
This was a very "scientific" story about mangroves - how they form, what sorts of ecosystems develop around them, and how they spread. It even has a bit of conservation in it without being preachy or condescending. I was surprised at how much Dex (4yo) liked this book.

The illustrations are detailed and interesting.
Kate Hastings
Oct 12, 2010 Kate Hastings rated it it was amazing
--grades k-5
--Readers follow the life-cycle of a mangrove tree
--the only tree that tolerates salt water
--many animals depend on its roots, leaves and branches for food, protection and breeding.
--endangered b/c of commercial fishing
--protect coasts from hurricanes hold the ocean floor, also protect animals.
--discuss ecosystems, lifecycles, endangered plants/animals.
Apr 16, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A mangrove propagule drifts to a far away lagoon where 100 years later it becomes it's own tangle. Various species of birds, fish and flora live in the mangrove tangle. When a sea storm comes, many animals find shelter there.

Has a science/ecology connection.

Themes: interdependence, leaving a legacy
Lesley Looper
Jul 26, 2009 Lesley Looper rated it really liked it
I enjoyed learning about mangroves, and the circle of interdependence that includes the mangroves, the birds that land on them, and the ocean life below the water's surface that lives among the mangrove roots. Colorful pictures add a lot to this book's message.
Christine Turner
Apr 29, 2010 Christine Turner rated it really liked it
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A seed from a mangrove tree floats on the sea until it comes to rest on the shore of a faraway lagoon where, over time, it becomes a mangrove island that shelters many birds and animals, even during a hurricane.
Katie Sicking
Sep 17, 2013 Katie Sicking rated it really liked it
It's a fictional story about the life cycle of a mangrove tree. It has excellent illustrations, and it's very educational.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I learned a lot about a mangrove forest from this book.
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