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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Folksy novel sends environmentalist message.

Book Kathi Appelt Animals 2013
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Love this story!

The narrative is excellent, and it's a wonderful story!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (1):

Kathi Appelt tells this conservation-focused story in short chapters and a folksy style that keeps the book light and moves it along briskly. However, as the book begins in cute fits and starts, it will take readers a good 30 to 40 pages to understand who all the characters are and what the main plot is. The appeal of this "tall tale" approach to storytelling is a matter of taste, but the novel carries a strong message about respecting the natural world, bolstered by the personification of animal characters like the True Blue Scouts.

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