The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle

Lynne Cherry

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

A look into a unique ecosystem, one that is endangered in many places

A seed is jostled from a branch of a mangrove tree and floats to a lagoon in the Caribbean Sea. It takes root, sprouts leaves, and slowly begins to grow. Over many years, the mangrove will provide a home and nourishment for numerous creatures of land and sea. Among its roots come to live fiddler crabs and shrimp; in its branches dwell lizards and hummingbirds. Soon the tree is dropping seeds of its own, and other mangroves are growing, creating a tangle whose benefits extend even to large mammals like dolphins and manatees. There are endpaper maps that indicate where mangroves are located and the names of common animals and plants found in them.

Ever threatened by hurricanes and even more by human destruction, the mangroves of our planet are endangered, but in Lynne Cherry's richly illustrated story one such habitat survives, giving readers hope and inspiration for preservation of these ecosystems in the real world.


Praise for The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle

"In a beautiful, lush tribute to mangroves, the artwork lures the reader right into the midst of the scenery. While the message is clear, it is the splendid, realistic illustrations of marine life...that generate appreciation and awareness of the endangered mangroves. This is an ecology lesson, a teacher's aide, and a gratifying nature story." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Cherry paints lustrous, detailed scenes that, together with her accessible narrative, will spark children's interest in a magnificent, endangered ecosystem." -- Booklist

"A beautifully balanced format that combines panoramic illustrations with a storylike narrative. The information is well researched and clearly presented, and the lesson in ecology is an important one." -- School Library Journal

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  • Lynne Cherry

  • Lynne Cherry is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including The Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild. She lives in Thurmond, Maryland.
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Available Formats and Book Details

The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle

Lynne Cherry

  • Hardcover