Product Details
List Price:
8 to 18
3 to 12
Trim Size:
10" x 10"
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-764-9
Full-color illustrations
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About the Book


Roger Tory Peterson revolutionized the way we look at and appreciate birds, animals, and plants. Some kids called him "Professor Nuts Peterson" because of his dedication to his craft; yet he went on to create the immensely popular Peterson Guides, which have sold more than seven million copies, and which birders everywhere appreciate for their simple text and exquisite illustrations. Working closely with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York, author Peggy Thomas and artist Laura Jacques have created a fascinating portrait of a global environmentalist with this very first children's biography of Peterson, a winner of the John Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers Award.


"An excellent addition to the 'sense of wonder' shelf." --Kirkus Reviews

"Biographical information, touching on such things as [Peterson's] three marriages, is appended, along with a note on The Peterson Effect, which helped people better appreciate the plight of birds and other animals. Thomas's prose and Jacques's art work in tandem to rescue Peterson from obscurity for this age range." --School Library Journal

"Weaving many avian metaphors into the text, Thomas creates an interesting and informative portrait of Peterson." --Booklist

Meet the Author

Peggy Thomas

Peggy Thomas is the author of multiple picture books, including award-winning Calkins Creek titles Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation, Farmer George Plants a Nation,and For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson. She is also the co-author of Anatomy of Nonfiction, the only writing guide for children's nonfiction.

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Meet the Illustrator

Laura Jacques

Award-winning artist Laura Jacques is passionate about illustrating and designing projects that focus on wildlife, nature, and environmental awareness for children. Her published books include At Home in the Rain Forest, Wildlife Refuge: A Classroom Adventure, Whistling Wings, and Baby Owl’s Rescue.

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