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Ecologist and author/illustrator of such well-known books as The Great Kapok Tree; A River Ran Wild; Flute's Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush; and The Shaman's Apprentice shares her rural daily life, details of her childhood, and her interest in environmental preservation. Cherry shows how all of her interests and experiences have come together in the creative process. Cherry was raised by a children's book illustrator and spent much time in the woods as well as creating her own books as a child, pictures of which are included here. Her life as an environmental activist made her question what she could do to help, and many of her books respond to this call. Illustrations show Cherry in various locations throughout the world, recording research and sketching, interviewing scientists, and then returning to the quiet of her home to think and work. She includes four things children can do to make a difference. This inspiring look at a dedicated lover of nature also gives children insight into how ones passion can become a vocation. All and all, this entry in the "Meet the Author" series is a fine addition to the teaching shelf and a valuable introduction to or confirmation of Lynne Cherry and her books. 2000, Richard C. Owen Publishers,
— Susan Hepler
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Gr 2-5-These well-written, visually appealing series entries will spark readers' interest in these creators and an appreciation for their work. Numerous full-color photos and reproductions from their books are integrated into the readable narratives. Cherry tells how her parents encouraged her to become an artist and to be deeply concerned with the natural world. She explains how her career developed after art school from doing paste-ups for a publisher to becoming an illustrator and author of books for children and artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Intertwined are tidbits about her home in the country, her gardens, and pets. She concludes with advice about becoming a writer and how to make the natural world a better place. Simon tells how he became a writer, where he works, what inspires him, and how he does his research. His current interests include wild animals and things he sees and experiences around his country home in the Hudson River Valley. Attractive and informative additions.-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781572743731
  • Publisher: Owen, Richard C. Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Series: Meet the Author Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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