The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks Price: $14.34 (as of 14/08/2020 03:27 PST- Details)


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In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt read John Muir’s book at the Sierra Nevada, which ended with a plea for government to save lots of the vanishing forests. The president asked Muir to take him camping within the Yosemite wilderness, and two months later, Roosevelt followed his knowledgeable guide into the mountains, in the course of the valley, and some of the giant sequoia trees. Returning to Washington, the president pushed to pass the laws that created national parks and forests in addition to flora and fauna sanctuaries. The very readable text focuses as much at the men’s enjoyment of the outdoors as at the historical importance in their camping commute. Gerstein contributes a wonderfully varied yet coherent set of line-and-watercolor illustrations, including small portraits of the men, a memorable scene showing two figures dwarfed by giant sequoias, and a close-up of the men talking around their campfire. In an appended note, Rosenstock includes information left out of the tale and mentions that some scenes were imagined. A short list of sources is included. This colorful picture book humanizes two significant individuals in American history. Grades 1-3. –Carolyn Phelan


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Children's American Local History

Children's Camping Books (Books)

Children's US Presidents & First Ladies Biographies




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