By Michael J. Caduto.
Illustrated by Olga Pastuchiv
Farmington, Maine: Tilbury House Publishers, 2011.
32 pages, 9 x 10 hardcover, full-color illustrations. Grades 3 to 6.
Order Now for shipping upon publication in April 2011.
“A fairy tale about water and a lesson on how kids can help
clean up their streams and ponds—long live Riparia!”
—Alice Outwater, author
of Water: A Natural History
Gretchen, Jason, Mark and Daphne are horrified to find their
favorite swimming hole filled with green slime. A mysterious, almost magical
naturalist named Riparia helps the children understand why the water became
polluted. Together with a community of friends and neighbors they figure out
how to bring clean water back to the river they all love. This story about the
nature of a river and how it is affected by pollution is filled with
information and action. Lush, realistic illustrations illuminate the children’s
passion for their river and the ecosystem it supports.
A “Teacher’s Take Note” supplement provides detailed
information about riparian buffers and non-point pollution, plus activity
extensions, further explorations and resources. Find it online:
Michael Caduto also offers a
workshop about riparian environments called: Buffers & Bridges: Using Stories to Connect Science &
Stewardship. Bookings can be arranged through his website.
"The spirit of rivers comes alive
—literally—in Michael J. Caduto’s charming new children’s book, Riparia’s River. By
gently teaching a small group of children about river systems and habitats,
Riparia empowers the children to lead a community effort to restore an
ecosystem badly out of balance. The combination of education, empowerment and
action make the book ideal for inspiring readers to care about all water
Nelson, President and CEO of the Project WET Foundation