All About the Great Lakes


Travel the Great Lakes and learn how they were formed and who has called the Great Lakes region home. You will discover the Great Lakes Basin’s many riches as well as the challenges the future holds for the health of this great American treasure. With more than 50 illustrations, this book is interesting reading for anyone 10 to 100.


Discover the awesomeness of The Great Lakes in All About the Great Lakes. These amazing lakes are North America’s own inland seas. What surprises lurk hidden at the bottom of the Great Lakes, or in their past? Pirates, shipwrecks, forests, and mysteries abound. Bordered by nine states or provinces, the Great Lakes hold 21% of the world’s fresh water. In this young reader’s book, the author lays out the history and future of the Great Lakes in its many facets. She includes the geological, ecological, and human history. By weaving these all together, the author allows the reader to better understand the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes, and their impact on people across North America, and beyond.

Chapters Include: 1. Sailing Through the Great Lakes to the Ocean, Gift from the Glaciers, Who Called the Great Lakes Region Home First?, When the Great Lakes Were in New France, Riches Galore, Danger!, Great Lakes Basin, Version 2.0, Great Challenges for the Great Lakes,  The Great Lakes as Magnet, Select Quotes about the Great Lakes, Glossary, Great Lakes Timeline, World Timeline, Bibliography, Index, About the Author.

Maureen Dunphy has taught writing courses at Oakland University, the University of Windsor, and facilitates writing workshops on islands and on the mainland. She is the author of Great Lakes Escapes 9780814340400. Maureen lives on the lower peninsula of the “Mitten State,” but frequently escapes to Great Lakes islands, including to her cottage on Ontario’s Pelee Island in the western basin of Lake Erie. She lives in Royal Oak, MI.

Interior Illustrator: Amber Calderon is a full time artist with a Studio Art degree from DePauw University. Her work on All About Sir Edmund Hillary won a Ben Franklin Award for Best Interior Design, juvenile non-fiction.

Cover Artist: As Michigan Wildlife Artist of the Year, Robert Perrish aims to interest and captivate young readers with the natural beauty of the world around them. He lives in Livonia, MI.

Additional information

Weight .4 lbs



Trade Paper






Blue River Press


5.31 x 7.63


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