‘Over in the Wetlands: A Hurricane on the Bayou Story’ by Caroline Starr Rose


Rating: 5 stars

“Over in the Wetlands: A Hurricane-on-the Bayou Story” is written by Caroline Starr Rose and illustrated by Rob Dunlavey. It’s the story, told in rhyme, of wetlands before, during and after a hurricane comes through. The verse is filled with metaphor and simile, making this a wonderful text to use with all elementary age students when working on writing skills. The hurricane comes to life as it “stirs” and “crawls,” then “grumbles” and “writhes.” At its peak, the hurricane “drenches,” “drowns,” and then the hurricane “yawns” and “rests.”

The lyrical style the author employs to describe the wetlands is lovely. The language is rich, and even the verbs are robust. “Bulrushes dance” and “babies skitter.” “Black bear shambles” and “the cypress salted.” Students and teachers will enjoy studying the various literary devices Rose uses throughout the story. There is a study guide available on her website.

While the book is described as appropriate for preschool through third grade, it would also be appropriate to use for older grades when studying author craft and language usage. This book would definitely be a great addition to any elementary teacher’s classroom.

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by Schwartz & Wade for review purposes.