Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Sept. 2020. 56p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534431546.
K-Gr 3–This vibrant biography details the life of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Douglas fell in love with the natural beauty of Florida at a very young age, and that passion followed her into adulthood. When World War I broke out, Douglas decided to enlist in the Navy. Soon thereafter, she joined the Red Cross and traveled to Europe. When she returned to Florida, Douglas was appalled to see the devastation that relentless construction had created. She was equally shocked to hear people proclaim, “Drain the Everglades!” Determined to gain knowledge and use her voice to implement change, Douglas committed to a life of environmental activism. Gibbon’s watercolor illustrations shine, evoking the richness of Florida wildlife. The text is spare but compelling, emphasizing the many times Douglas had to fight the same battles over the years and convince new people of the importance of her mission. The further reading section offers an extensive list of suggestions, an illustrated guide to the plant and animal life mentioned in the text, and resources.
VERDICT A lively addition to biography collections and an ideal starting point for further learning.

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