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John Muir: America's Naturalist

John Muir: America's Naturalist

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by Thomas Locker

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This book brings the world and words of John Muir to readers. This book is part of an illustrated series of books by Thomas Locker introducing the young and old to great Americans who loved and wrote about the land.


This book brings the world and words of John Muir to readers. This book is part of an illustrated series of books by Thomas Locker introducing the young and old to great Americans who loved and wrote about the land.

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Publishers Weekly
Several titles look back at the multifaceted American experience. John Muir: America's Naturalist by Thomas Locker profiles the man who helped start the Sierra Club and whose writings were so influential in sparking the conservation movement and the national park system. Muir's devotion to the wilderness comes through in simple language and luminous paintings of Yosemite Valley, a grove of Sequoias and Alaska's glaciers, among other sites; ghosted mini-sidebars highlight quotes from Muir on each spread. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Locker's simply written tribute to Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club and initiator of the establishment of Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, sketches an outline of his life and accomplishments. Muir's exploration of and passion for nature in the wild are briefly but emotionally delineated. A brief quotation from Muir is tucked in at the bottom of each text page, which faces a related illustration. Locker continues to paint romantic landscapes, with special attention to trees, to help us develop an empathy with Muir's passion for conservation. The artist includes humans in many scenes, but they are tiny figures when compared to the grandeur of mountains and forests. The book concludes with additional inspirational quotations from Muir. This poetic visual narrative makes a fine accompaniment to any study of environmental issues. 2003, Fulcrum Publishing,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 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.
Kirkus Reviews
On the heels of Walking with Henry (2002), Locker profiles another of our country’s great nature writers, again including plenty of brief quotations to go with a set of silently eloquent landscape paintings. Between views of Yosemite, where Muir spent so much of his life, the artist sandwiches a series of outdoor scenes with tiny human figures, or now and again a closer glimpse of Muir’s slender, raggedly bearded form. The brief accompanying text combines an appreciation of Muir’s efforts on behalf of wilderness preservation with a smattering of biographical details. Readers will come away appreciating not only his role in the conservation movement, but the skill with which he put his love of nature into words: "I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." Though lacking the finishing touches of a booklist, or even sources for the many quotes, this still makes a memorable introduction to a maverick spirit. (selection of quotes) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)

Product Details

Fulcrum Publishing
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Images of Conservationists Series
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Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Thomas Locker has illustrated more than 30 books, many of which he has written, including Skytree, Walking with Henry, John Muir, Hudson: The Story of a River, and Rembrandt and Titus. His books have received many awards, including the Christopher Award, the Knickerbocker Lifetime Achievement Award, the John Burroughs Award, and The New York Times Award for best illustration.

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John Muir: America's Naturalist 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Nook book version will not open and even though it says it was published the email says its a pre-order. So frustrated!
pkND More than 1 year ago
Beautiful words and illustrations!