Intricately constructed collage paintings illustrate this gentle ecological lesson about rosy dock, an imported garden plant that has become a tenacious inhabitant of the Australian desert, spreading until it now threatens many indigenous plants and animals with extinction. "Baker's riveting collages dazzle the eyes and reward close examination."--Kirkus Reviews.
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Kindergarten-Grade 4?Baker examines the consequences of introducing non-native flora and fauna into the environment. An unthinking gardener cultivates rosy dock in the central desert of Australia and the seeds spread over a wide area during a flash flood. Now, when precious rain falls, the imported plant thrives at the expense of native species. The book's final illustration depicts a field of gloriously blooming rosy dock hiding several rabbits, agricultural pests also introduced into Australia. American children will find this scene irresistible and will be understandably confused to turn the page and discover in an endnote that the author did not intend the previous spread to be beautiful. As she explains, the entire nature of a landscape changes when people transplant plants and animals into an environment that lacks their normal predators. Baker's point is important and timely, but the text is so straightforward and nonjudgmental in charting the plants' dramatic spread that the information contained in the endnote comes as a surprise. This point aside, the book's collage illustrations are equal to the best of Baker's earlier work in Where the Forest Meets the Sea (1988) and Home in the Sky (1984, both Greenwillow). She evokes the stark beauty of the red landscape, amazingly re-creates the waves of the flooding river, and adds interest to most of the scenes with small details such as people and animals. A welcome addition to whole-language classrooms studying ecology, biology, Australia, deserts, and art.?Ellen Fader, Oregon State Library, Salem
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As in her previous picture books, Baker (Window; Where the Forest Meets the Sea) uses her exceptional "collage constructions," crisply photographed here, to make an environmental statement. Unfortunately, this volume lacks the hard-hitting impact, both visual and thematic, of her earlier works. "For thousands of years almost nothing here changed," writes Baker of the area around Australia's Finke River. Then come European settlers, among them a woman who "brought seeds from the other side of the world and planted a garden." One plant-rosy dock-is a special favorite of this fictional gardener. Seemingly three-dimensional but muted renderings of the riverbed landscape show the area ravaged by cyclical periods of drought and flood, until, after fierce storms, rosy dock "is spreading like a great red blanket farther than the eye can see." A cautionary message comes almost as a surprise, in a concluding note: "Without their normal predators, some non-native plants and animals multiply so quickly they change whole landscapes and push many native plants and animals to extinction." Young readers, however, are likely to be more troubled by the sudden disappearance of the rosy-dock gardener, last seen huddling on the roof of her home as it is swept along by raging waters. Ages 4-up.
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