A biography of John Muir, naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, whose travels, speeches and writings led directly to the creation of the Yosemite National Park in 1890 and other national parks that followed. From the meadows of Scotland to the farms of Wisconsin, from the swamps of Florida to the Alaskan tundra, John Muir loved the land. Born in 1838, he was a writer, a scholar, an inventor, a shepherd, a farmer, and an explorer, but above all, he was a naturalist. John Muir was particularly devoted to the high cliffs, waterfalls, and ancient giant sequoia trees that, through his careful influence, were set aside as the first national park in America - Yosemite. Here is the life story of the man who, moved by a commitment to wilderness everywhere, founded the Sierra Club in 1892, a conservation group that carries on his crucial work to this day.
This would be a great book to start the process of teaching the different biomes in the United States that John Muir visited. Explain to the students that there are several different kinds of biomes or large ecosystems within their state. Each biome has its own group of plants and animals that inhabit the region. Help the students make a list of these diverse regions such as deserts, mountains, prairie, woodlands, wetlands, oceans, etc. Have the children split into groups each assigned a different biome. Have the children use the library and internet to do research on eight different plants and animals that live in their biome group. Each group will then do a PowerPoint presentation on their biome and present it to the class.
This book was interesting to me because it sounds like something I would like to do if a person really could survive without money and travel around seeing all the beauties of nature. The illustrations were good and made me want to go out and see the nature around me.
This book could be used in the classroom to emphasize the need for preserving nature. It would be good to have the children possibly draw a map of all the places John traveled and things he might have saw.
When he reaches fifty years old he decides to devote his life to preserving the lands he loves. Writing and enmeshed in the cause of conservation. He ushered several distinguished americans through his beloved lands, including Theodore Roosevelt, whom he convinced to create a bureau of forestry to manages and protect the trees of the preserves.
This book is a great way to start an environmental lesson as well as to learn about one of the great environmental leaders. Children should be inspired by the environment and it is our job to help them with that.
Type: Picture book - advanced
This book was interesting to me because it sounds like something I would like to do if a person really could survive without money and travel around seeing all the beauties of nature. The illustrations were good and made me want to go out and see the nature around me
I did enjoy the illustrations, but I wish this book would have included, if possible, real drawings of Muir's inventions, real photographs of him, real artwork that he did, etc.