Big Belching Bog
Big Belching Bog
University of Minnesota Press, Hardcover, 9780816633593, 40pp.
Publication Date: September 3, 2010
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.
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.
"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