The Camping Trip That Changed America
Illustrations by Mordicai Gerstein
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt asks conservationist John Muir to take him on a camping trip in the Yosemite wilderness. Follow the odd pair as they set off on horseback, hair and horsetails flying, towards the mountains and trees. Reconstructed from newspaper reports, their conversations show Muir determined to convince Roosevelt the Valley is endangered. Over mugs of campfire coffee, Muir regales Roosevelt with a comic story about a bear--point? Grizzlies have already become extinct in Yosemite! Together they visit a grove of huge sequoias (turn the book to admire Gerstein’s impressive vertical spread) and camp at rugged Glacier Point, waking to find themselves covered with snow. “Bully,” cries Teddy, “What a glorious day!” They ride down Yosemite Valley, past Half Dome and fierce El Capitan, camping for the last night, when Muir dramatically convinces Roosevelt to protect Yosemite. Visit the National Park and celebrate the wonders--thanking these two for saving it all!
2012, Ages 7 to 11
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.
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