Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein captures the majestic redwoods of Yosemite in this little-known but important story from our nation's history. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt joined naturalist John Muir on a trip to Yosemite. Camping by themselves in the uncharted woods, the two men saw sights and held discussions that would ultimately lead to the establishment of our National Parks.
About the Author
Barb Rosenstock (www.barbrosenstock.com) lives with her husband and their children in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
Mordicai Gerstein (www.mordicaigerstein.com) is the author and/or illustrator of numerous books for children, including The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 2004. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and their daughter, Risa.
What People are Saying About This
Now a Bank Street 2013 Best Book of the Year and a Parents' Choice Silver Medalist!
"History accessible for young readers." - starred review, School Library Journal
"Wonderfully simple, sweet and engaging." - Kirkus Reviews
"A compelling account." - The Horn Book
Booklist Top Ten Books on the Environment for Youth
California Library Association Beatty Award
Illinois' Monarch Award List
Maryland's Black-Eyed Susan Award List
South Carolina Picture Book Award List
Theodore Roosevelt spent several days camping in Yosemite with wildlife advocate John Muir. Roosevelt's experiences there led to the introduction of many new laws protecting wilderness and doubling the number of National Parks. Author Barb Rosenstock imagines that the stories John Muir told Teddy Roosevelt helped inspire his love of the wilderness. Her own story of two friends on a camping trip shows that even small events can change the world. Caldecott winner Mordicai Gerstein's illustrations are well paired with the text and are particularly effective in portraying the awesome redwoods and vistas that Muir and Roosevelt saw together. Add this one to your arsenal for Earth Day and lessons on the environment and saving the Earth.
I liked this book just fine, although I didn't quite LOVE it the way I was expecting to.On the plus side, the illustrations are terrific, it makes you want to get up from whatever you are doing and head out to Yosemite and the Mariposa Grove and all that.My problems may be that, as a rabid Theodore Roosevelt Fan Girl, my expectations were too high. For the bulk of the story, I felt like it could have been any two random guys out on a camping trip who love nature and want to save America's wild areas (a noble idea no matter who has it). I thought this was a bit too bad, given that both TR and John Muir were, to put it mildly, extremely individualistic and somewhat eccentric individuals. I was hoping I would have more happy sparks of that "oh, now THERE is Roosevelt!" feeling of recognition.