Product Details
List Price:
$16.99
Ages:
9 to 11
Grades:
4 to 6
Pages:
32
Trim Size:
9.5" x 11"
Published:
09/2009
Imprint:
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-497-6
Lexile Level:
750L

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Overview

A camping trip with John Muir affects Theodore Roosevelt's decisions on conservation. Imagine a U.S. president on a camping trip. It seems unlikely today, but in May 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt dismissed his Secret Service men to go camping with John Muir, the world-famous naturalist. For three glorious nights and four days in California's Yosemite National Park, the two men talked about birds, giant sequoia trees, glaciers, as well as the importance of preserving wilderness for future generations. They slept under the stars, built blazing campfires, and enjoyed the beauty and the uniqueness of the area. Setting aside new national parks and monuments became one of the cornerstones of Roosevelt's presidency and was a direct result of this camping trip.  

Reviews

"Wadsworth's research is sound, her writing spritely and her information interesting." --Kirkus Reviews

"An informative and enjoyable introduction to two of America's early environmental champions and to the early history of our national parks." --Booklist

"A beautifully told story. . . . This glimpse back in time gives valuable insight to a president that made the environment and preserving our natural resources a priority." --Library Media Connection

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Ginger Wadsworth

Ginger Wadsworth lives in northern California near John Muir’s ranch. Yosemite National Park, the setting for this book, is one of her favorite camping and hiking spots. Some of her titles include John Muir, Wilderness Protector; Giant Sequoia Trees; and Words West: Voices of Young Pioneers. 

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Karen Dugan

Karen Dugan has worked on more than twenty-five books, eight with Boyds Mills Press, including If I Had a Snowplow by Jean L. S. Patrick and Tea Party Today: Poems to Sip and Savor by Eileen Spinelli. She lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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