Project Description

The Noisy Puddle: A Vernal Pool Through the Seasons

Written by Linda Booth Sweeney

Illustrated by Miki Sato

A lyrical dip into the noisy, magical world of a vernal pool.

In this vibrant and poetic informational picture book, two curious siblings observe the hidden world of a vernal pool: a special kind of puddle habitat that pops up in the spring, dries up by summer, reappears in the fall, and freezes over in the winter—only to come back again in the spring.

Young naturalists and future water stewards will be encouraged to listen, watch, and wait to witness the seasonal changes of the ever-changing puddle and its inhabitants. As readers follow along with the rhythmic text, they will be fascinated to discover many familiar and not-so-familiar creatures that make up the surprising web of interrelationships living in these vital pop-up pools.

With buoyant, lyrical text and beautiful cut-paper collage illustrations, The Noisy Puddle is an immersive introduction to “now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t” wetland habitats.

*Coming out March 12, 2024, Pre-order available!


“Readers will be delighted … Nature offers up marvelous surprises at every turn—even via a humble puddle teeming with life.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A sensory experience promising to tickle the curiosity of young naturalists, whether in-classroom or on the scene.”

School Library Journal

Curriculum Connections:

Science – Natural Cycles; Growth and Changes in Plants, Growth and Changes in Animals, Habitat and Biodiversity; Ecosystems; Scientific Observation; Land Stewardship, Water Resource Management and Sustainability

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