John Muir - America's First Environmentalist

If you are looking for a general introduction to the life of John Muir and the environmental movement which he sparked, this is an excellent place to start.

The author focuses on Muir’s childhood and early years that laid the groundwork for his deep interest in nature.

Then the focus switches to Muir’s journey to the West, his exploration of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite Valley. Of course, this leads to the work Muir did to see that Yosemite became the nation’s first national park and his creation of the Sierra Club in 1892.

This short (just under fifty pages of text) narrative should pique the young reader’s interest in this iconic figure and if the youngster wants to read more, there is a list for further reading at the back of the paperback. Actually, the entire family will enjoy this short portrait of John Muir’s life.

Book Blurb for John Muir - America's First Environmentalist

Quoting from John Muir's diaries, Kathryn Lasky tells the inspiring tale of one of America's most dedicated environmentalists, aided by Stan Fellows's evocative, dramatic acrylic paintings.

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 one of the first national parks 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.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2014 4.00