Follow Tom Moran on an unbelievable real-life adventure!
In the summer of 1871, a young painter named Thomas Moran joined a team of scientists heading for the untamed land called 'the Yellowstone.' He couldn-t believe what he found there'steaming cauldrons of sulfur, belching geysers, even a thousand-foot-deep canyon. Tom had never ridden a horse or slept under the stars before, but the paintings he created on his journey from city boy to seasoned explorer would lead to the founding of America's first national park.
Trained as a fine artist, Lita Judge captures the wild and rugged beauty of Yellowstone in this stunning book she's wanted to write her whole life.
About the Author
Lita Judge is the author of One Thousand Tracings and Pennies for Elephants and the illustrator of several more books. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tom Moran wanted to visit the West. He was a painter who longed for adventure. Unfortunately, he had never ridden a horse nor camped out. So when he decided to travel with a group bound for Yellowstone, he experienced many trials. It was all worth it to him when he finally arrived and was able to paint the wonders of the West for those back East who would never get to visit Yellowstone themselves.The book is illustrated with pictures that imitate Moran¿s style. The author includes both a bibliography and an author¿s note that explain where she obtained her information.A little:¿Tom Moran had dreams as big as the Montana sky.He stood in a camp in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, waiting nervously. Though Tom knew the men in the camp were scientists, they looked more like bandits. They eyed him suspiciously. He worried he must look like a greenhorn, but he wasn¿t about to admit that he had never ridden a horse, never shot a gun, and never slept in the open air. Tom had just traveled two thousand miles to join this expedition into the land called the Yellowstone. He had to convince the team¿s leader, Dr. Hayden, to let him join them.¿