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Mardy Murie Did!: Grandmother of Conservation Hardcover – January 16, 2011

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  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (January 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589795652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589795655
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 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: #427,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Mardy Murie Did! Grandmother of Conservation" is the inspirational story of a great female environmentalist who encouraged children to "be nice to the land and the trees and the air." A proponent of wilderness preservation, including the enlargement of Grand Teton National Park (1950), the Wilderness Act (1964) and the creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Mardy Murie was the first woman to graduate from the University of Alaska. She also believed in the education of children to promote an environmentally healthy world. After over 100 years of a healthy, productive life, Mardy Murie died in peace in her cabin on the Murie Ranch in the Tetons, now a National Historic Landmark. "Mardy Murie Did" presents in verse and stunning illustrations of snow covered vistas beloved by the Muries the tale of Mardy Murie and her tireless dedication to the preservation of wildernesses. An attractive, engaging celebration of an award winning female environmentalist, "Mardy Murie Did!" will thrill readers ages 4-8 with its beauty and inspiration.
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I enjoyed the story of Mardy Murie and the song that John Denver wrote for her. She is an inspiration to all of us, especially young women who would like to do something different and help the environment. The book came in good shape. I hope this author writes more.
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