Little botanist / first naturalist
Of John Bartram's nine children, it is William who best loves nature and wants to follow in his father's footsteps. William dreams of accompanying his father as he explores the wilderness of colonial America as botanist to the King of England in search of plant specimens. Using journals, maps, and her own vibrant paintings, Deborah Kogan Ray tells the captivating story of Billy's first trip to the Catskill Mountains and his further adventures as an adult, including a long, perilous journey into the remote wilderness.
A bibliography, biographical notes, and list of plant discoveries complete this remarkable book about America's first naturalist.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
About the Author
Deborah Kogan Ray is an award-winning author and illustrator of many children's books, including Hokusai: The Man Who Painted a Mountain. She lives in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.
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Summary: Using the journals of William Bartram, as well as maps and drawings, this book tells a brief history of Bartram and his explorations of nature in America. The book also lists some of the plants Bartram identified and described. A bibliography is also included for further study and help in the classroom, as well as a history of Bartram at the end. Media: Transparent watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil