From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—This picture book introduces children to a significant figure in the American conservation movement. Raised in Alaska, Murie moved with her husband to Wyoming in 1927, where they worked to preserve wilderness areas. The rhyming text poses a series of questions to readers ("Did you ever watch caribou walk by/And see so many/That you couldn't count that high?"). Each one is answered with the refrain "Mardy Murie did!" Most of the book focuses on the joy of experiencing nature, such as listening to wolves howl, riding in a dogsled, and watching the Northern lights, though the final pages center on the woman's passion and her tireless work. Van Zyle's luminous paintings capture the beauty of the wildlife and landscapes Murie sought to protect. Although the patterned text would seem ideal to read aloud, the rhyme is sometimes awkward, and the main text lacks specifics on exactly what Murie did to further the conservation movement. Only after reading the lengthy author's note do readers learn that she was the driving force behind the creation of Grand Teton National Park and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Thus the book would be more appropriate for introducing the ideals of the wilderness preservation movement than as a source for research.—Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Looking at my kids today, I feel fortunate to know that a great American like Mardy Murie had the passion to fight to protect our public lands for future generations. (Senator Mark Udall)
Margaret 'Mardy' Murie was someone about whom children should know. She was naturalist, author, adventurer, environmentalist, and Medal of Freedom winner…. Life would not be worth living without the 'elemental kinds of joys' offered by nature, she often said. She is today fondly remembered as the 'Grandmother of the Conservation Movement.' Children should read about Mardy Murie, because she was and is inspirational. Who, after all, does not want his child to grow up to accomplish miracles? (Lee H. Whittlesey, Park Historian, National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming-Montana-Idaho)
An attractive, engaging celebration of an award winning female environmentalist, Mardy Murie Did! will thrill readers...with its beauty and inspiration. (Midwest Book Review
This is a great book to read aloud to children and is appealing to all audiences interested in learning more about this inspirational woman or the history of conservation.
...[E]ducational and entertaining, as children can learn about the environment Murie fought to protect and the beauty she saw in it...encourages exploration of that natural world while paying tribute to Murie. (Park Insider