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The Secret Pool

CLASSROOM GUIDE

 

In THE SECRET POOL, by Kimberley Ridley and illustrated by Rebekah Raye, we learn that it’s possible to walk right by a vernal pool and not notice it. Often mistaken for mere puddles in the woods, vernal pools are the source of life for many interesting creatures. If you look carefully, you can find them—and be amazed! These secret pools form every year when low places on the forest floor fill up with rain and melted snow. They soon become home to hatching wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and fairy shrimp. Even in late summer and fall, when many vernal pools have shrunk to mud holes, creatures such as turtles and snakes rely on them for shelter and food. The Secret Pool introduces young readers to the wonders right underfoot as the voice of a vernal pool shares its secrets through the seasons, and sidebars provide fun facts on its inhabitants and the crucial role these small, often overlooked wetlands play in maintaining a healthy environment.

 

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLWIJapLTUGKZIr9LermhpgraFIQyd-MR-&v=ZZbB4BjPkao

 

Available wherever books are sold.

 

Applicable DCI and Performance Indicators:

K—LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms: K-LS1-1, survival needs

2—LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans: 2-LS4-1, diversity of life

3—LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior: 3-LS2-1, animals form groups to survive; LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience: 3-LS4-3, survival in habitat.

 

Awards:

Lupine Award, Maine Library Association
Riverby Award, John Burroughs Association
Skipping Stones Honor Book
CCBC Choices Best Books
Kirkus Starred Review

 

Honors and Awards:

Riverby Award, John Burroughs Association

Lupine Award

Skipping Stones Honor Award

Reading Is Fundamental’s 2014 STEAM Collection

Maine Literary Awards, Finalist

 

WHY READ THIS BOOK?

Often mistaken for mere puddles in the woods, vernal pools are the source of life for many interesting creatures.

 

Topics: 

Wildlife habitat.

 

Problems:

Sometimes things we don’t notice actually play an important role in our environment.