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John Muir: America's Naturalist (Images of Conservationists) Paperback – April 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Images of Conservationists
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555917054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555917050
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-Muir's love of nature and his activism in preserving it are sketched here in a brief overview concentrating on the Yosemite years. Locker's full-page scenes of light-infused forests and mountains include just a few views of the naturalist as an older man. Always to the right, the paintings face colored pages set with white type and a smaller boxed quote from his writing. The format is at once interesting and counterproductive. Though the blue, green, and gold tones complement the paintings, they also tend to draw the eye away from the handsome pictures, and the white print becomes somewhat difficult to read on some gold pages. The sometimes wooden narrative begins with Yosemite itself and then moves on to Muir. A glimpse of his early life in Scotland and Wisconsin moves into a fuller description of his enduring fascination with Yosemite, which led to his participation in founding the Sierra Club and political crusading on wilderness issues. With only the briefest mention of Muir's family life and later years, the book includes nothing about his death. The clear message is that this man taught us to "see Nature with new eyes," and the final page carries selected, unidentified passages from his writing. David and Patricia Armentrout's John Muir (Rourke, 2002) offers more concrete information. Locker's admiring picture-book introduction leaves readers with questions about the man and his life. Still, it portrays a profoundly passionate individual who continues to inspire those concerned with care of the natural world.
Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 2-4. This well-designed, picture-book biography profiles John Muir, whose family left Scotland in the mid-1800s to settle in Wisconsin. Muir moved westward as a young man, devoting himself to the study of nature and finding a home in Yosemite. Tireless in his exploration of the area and in his efforts to preserve its natural beauty from lumber and cattle interests, Muir became known for his writing and gained many powerful allies for his cause. This handsome book provides a few lines of text and a quote from Muir's writing on each left-hand page; facing is a full-page painting. A few of the paintings focus more closely on Muir, but most are landscapes showing him within the wider context of the natural world. Locker's individual paintings, which clearly illustrate the text, are well-composed, delicately colored, and suitable-for-framing beautiful. Carolyn Phelan
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
John Muir: America's Naturalist is a picture book created and illustrated by Thomas Locker for the express purpose of biographically informing young readers naturalist John Muir's wisdom and values with respect to wilderness preservation. Beautiful full-color reproductions of Locker's richly painted landscapes perfectly complement the life and achievements of John Muir who wrote articulate and enlightening descriptions of nature for the benefit of future generations. John Muir: America's Naturalist is a true work of art, and would make an impressive, popular, memorable contribution to school and community library collections.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paularado on December 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is really an exceptional book about an exceptional person. The John Muir quotes are really great. I bought this book for my niece and read it before wrapping it up. I felt truly inspired after reading this book.
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