written by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Michael Rothman

Describes the Florida Everglades, the evolution of this unique area, and the impact humans have had on its once-abundant life forms.

An Indian storyteller poles five children through the Everglades in his dugout while telling them the story of the river of grass. He smoothly relates the history of the region from "the age of the Seashells" to the current, continuing destruction of this endangered ecosystem.

The majestic paintings are full of color and detail. Each full page illustration is faced by a page of text with thumbnail symbols of the vanishing Everglades (key is included). Changes in font style identify the story as separate from the real-time conversations in the canoe.