John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist

johnmuirWritten by Kathryn Lasky, Illustrated by Stan Fellows

Loved it! I wish more biographies were this well written and gorgeous to look at. In just 39 pages, John Muir’s life is summed up in concise and interesting chapters. The watercolor illustrations transport you to another place and time as you read. I’m now interested in other Candlewick Biographies.

Review by Jennifer Ford, South Kearns Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-9

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.
-From the publisher

John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist
Written by Kathryn Lasky, Illustrated by Stan Fellows
Candlewick Press
56 pages
Release Date: March 25, 2014 (Candlewick Biographies Edition)
ISBN: 9780763664701 (hardcover) ; 9780763662141 (paperback)

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2 thoughts on “John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist”

  1. So glad to read this review, as it was just purchased for our library. This would pair nicely with the Beehive Nominee “The Camping Trip that Changed America – Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and Our National Parks”

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