Secrets of the Swamp

Secrets of the Swamp

Language: English

Pages: 72

ISBN: 9814484164

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Three brothers are supposed to go to a mangrove swamp to take pictures of horseshoe crabs for a school project, but they really just want to have some fun. They end up having more than just fun – they have the adventure of a lifetime.

In this humorous tale full of twists and turns, Alfie, Pacey and Luke discover many mysterious secrets of the swamp: up-close encounters with wildlife big and small, a spooky house and an underground staircase, plastic birds in a future world – and a strange little man with an ingenious plan…

Contains extra interactive content, including a free pull-out map, a word-puzzle and a scavenger quiz!

Published in partnership with Singapore’s National Parks Board (NParks), Secrets of the Swamp is a rollicking kids’ adventure story that emphasises the importance of encouraging children’s relationships with nature, and our shared responsibility in nurturing the natural environment around us.

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of white-bellied sea eagles circled overhead in gleeful expectation. The squishy flesh of a dying schoolboy usually tasted so good. “I told you there was something there, didn't I? I told you!” Luke shouted breathlessly, as he struggled to keep up with the other two runners. “Yes, you told us there was something there,” Alfie shouted back. “Well done. Now, do you want to run away from it or do you want to be eaten by it?” “I can't see where I'm going,” Pacey said. “There are too

and a gust of wind blew his grey, straggly hair. “Come with me,” he said firmly. “We're not going down there,” Alfie replied. “We don't know what will happen to us down there.” “You don't know what will happen to you up here,” Swamp Man said. “If we go down there, we might never get out again.” “If you stay up here, you might never get out again,” countered Swamp Man. Luke and Pacey wandered past their brother and followed Swamp Man. They were already bored with the living

the greenest of green forests. Wildlife surrounded them. Monkeys tiptoed across bendy branches above their heads and snatched at overhanging berries. Baby hornbills pecked their way out of mother-made nests in tree cavities. Mousedeer foraged for insects in the undergrowth. Vipers slithered and swooped between drooping leaves. Colugos soared across the forest canopy. Sea eagles floated on air currents as spangles of sunlight bounced across a river. Herons hunted for fish by

30 “It's all right,” sniffed Pacey. “It's all trees, birds and animals. It's like a zoo without cages. At least a zoo has got ice cream and a playground.” “Oh, my forest has a slide,” Swamp Man pointed out. “But I wouldn't use it if I were you.” “Why not? We love slides,” Luke said. “This one can be dangerous, fun and dangerous or dangerous and fun. It's not a man- made slide. It's a natural slide.” “And Nature is unpredictable. Nature is uncontrolled. Nature is exciting.

Luke and Alfie stared at Pacey. He was right. There were two buttons above him on the capsule's control panel — one red, the other green. Above the red button were the words, “Safe and easy”. Above the green button, it read, “Risky and hard”. There were no other buttons on the control panel. By now, the factory workers were banging the glassy sides of the capsule with clenched, oily fists. Their overalls were ripped and covered in grease. Their faces were dark and haggard. They

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