Decatur Public Library

504 Cherry Street
Decatur, Al 35601

Currently Closed


July 7th


August 12th

Tuesday – Friday

9am – 4pm

at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge


CLICK HERE to visit the Refuge website.

The StoryWalk® is posted on the Atkeson Cypress Trail, beside the Visitor’s Center at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.


About the Book

A powerful poem and stunning, handmade-paper art encourage children to protect nature.

“Where once there was a wood,
A meadow and a creek . . . “

Inspired by events in her own backyard, award-winning author and illustrator Denise Fleming creates a poignant yet hopeful portrait of our disappearing natural environment. The last pages of the book teach children how to make a more “creature friendly” backyard, including information about what types of food, trees and flowers attract different kinds of animals. Where Once There Was a Wood also includes an informative bibliography for budding environmentalists, and suggests various projects that families can do together.

About the Author

Denise Fleming has written and illustrated numerous celebrated books, including 5 Little Ducks; Go, Shapes, Go!; underGROUND; SHOUT!; Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy; Time to Sleep; The Everything Book; Alphabet Under Construction; Count!; In the Tall, Tall Grass; In the Small, Small Pond, which received a Caldecott Honor; and This Is the Nest That Robin Built. She lives in Toledo, Ohio, with her husband, David Powers, with whom she often collaborates.

CLICK HERE to visit her website.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg Hubbard Library.  StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

CLICK HERE to learn more.