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Stories From Where We Live: The Gulf Coast
edited by Sara St. Antoine
Milkweed Editions, 2002
Hardcover $19.95 (252 pages)
ISBN: 1-57131-636-1

Stories From Where We Live is a series of books for young readers (ages nine and up) as well as their families. Each book in the collection celebrates and interprets a particular region of North America's ecoregions. To date, the series has included: The North American Atlantic Coast, the Great American Prairie, The California Coast, and, most recently, The Gulf Coast.  Ecoregions are defined as areas "that share similar climate, soils, plant and animal communities." They can cross state and/or national boundaries. 

The Gulf Coast region encompasses the beaches and bottomland forests of eat Texas through the bayous and floodplain forests of Louisiana and Mississippi to the swamps, islands, and seashores of Alabama and Florida, including  the Everglades and the Florida Keys

Using writers who have lived on or been set along the Gulf Coast, Stories From Where We Live includes stories by Zora Neale Hurston, Barry Hannah, John James Audobon, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The editor's goal for the collection is to use literature to connect readers to the stories passed through the generations in hopes of creating an appreciation for the wildlife, landscape, and traditions of the people along the coast. 

The editor has included illustrations, appendixes, and a wealth of information for teachers making the anthology a great teaching tool.

Pam Kingsbury
Southern Scribe Reviews

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