The Day the Great Lakes Drained Away

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Mackinac Island Press, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 48 pages
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What would happen if there was no water left in the Great Lakes? What would we find on our lake floors? With global warming and the receding waters in our lakes and water rights and protection so important for us, this important book teaches children in a fun way to respect and protect our Great Lakes.

Teach your children today the importance of our Great Lakes and they'll be our protectors in the future!

With concern about the Great Lakes paramount, Charles Ferguson Barker set out to create a book that takes children on an incredible journey, revealing the secrets of the lake floors if the unimaginable happened: the Great Lakes drained away. This book serves to entertain, but also to educate - children and adults will learn about the amazing newly discovered geologic features under the Great Lakes. Most importantly, the book will remind readers to never take the Great Lakes for granted.

The Great Lakes were flowing with water
On every Great Lakes Day;
Until something frightful happened
And made the Great Lakes drain away.

This book is good for your brain because it introduces:
Geography, Geology, Water Conservation

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I find this an excellent book for children age 4-10. I used to read it to my son when 4-7. Now I use it for introducing Integrated Science students at the College level who are going to be Elementary School teachers (K-8) with a Science certification.
It has great illustrations, great maps of the great lakes inside both covers, and facts of great lakes at the end. It is an interesting fun way to teach geography, geology, and environmental science to elementary school students. There is a "where is waldo" kind of imagery with a boy in striped shirt, with his dog and toy sailboat that keep showing up in the illustrations. The narrative is a nice form of prose, with rhyming text, and lots of Michigan and other Great Lakes towns, lighthouses, and other historical references.


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Charles Ferguson Barker wrote and illustrated THE DAY THE GREAT LAKES DRAINED AWAY. He is a geologist and artist who studied Geology at Arizona State University and Boston University. He also attended the University of Michigan’s field geology course in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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