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Big Belching Bog

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Big Belching Bog

By Phyllis Root; Bowen Betsy (Illustrator); Betsy Bowen (Illustrator)

University of Minnesota Press, Hardcover, 9780816633593, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2010

Cold, wet, and acidic, bogs appear to be extremely hostile to life, yet numerous plants and animals have adapted in fascinating ways in order to survive there. In "Big Belching Bog," Phyllis Root lets us in on the secrets of the mysterious bog, describing such special inhabitants as plants that eat insects, bog lemmings, and frogs that stay frozen through the winter and thaw out in the spring. But what's that coming up from the bottom of the bog?
The biggest bog secret of all, we learn, is the remarkable process of methane gas belching out of the bog. The gas is created by decaying peat moss and forms a bulge in the surface of the moss six inches or taller before breaking through. Does this "belch" make a sound? No one knows, says Root, because no one has ever heard it. In fact, bogs are known as some of the quietest places on earth. Maybe you will be the first to hear the big bog belch
Illustrated by renowned woodcut artist Betsy Bowen, "Big Belching Bog" also contains a section of bog facts, including more information about the plants and animals mentioned in the book as well as tips for visiting a bog. Big Belching Bog will stir the imagination of young readers and teach them about the landscape and environment of these mysterious and, ahem, gassy places.

About the Author
Phyllis Root is the author of more than thirty books for children, including "If You Want to See a Caribou" and "Big Momma Makes the World" (winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award).

Betsy Bowen is a Minnesota woodcut printmaker who illustrated "Borealis," "Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman," and "Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year," which she also wrote.

Praise For Big Belching Bog

"A beautiful thing. Big Belching Bog is a science book, really, but a science book wrapped in Root’s poetic words and Bowen’s unmistakable illustrations." —Star Tribune

"Phyllis Root does a bang-up job of conveying pond-loads of information in short stanzas, walking readers comfortably through the flora, fauna, and science of bogs. The illustrations by Betsy Bowen reflect the tone and mystique of these oft-overlooked portions of our north woods. More detailed descriptions of plants, animals and bugs make this a wonderful teaching tool plus give older readers even more to sink their teeth into. . . . A great book to have on a north woods shelf." —Lake Superior Magazine