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|Authors: Bruce Malnor and Carol Malnor
Illustrator: Anisa Claire Hovemann
Retail Price: Paperback • $11.95
The Earth Heroes books feature the youth, careers and lasting contributions of some of the world’s greatest naturalists and environmentalists. This is the first in a series of meticulously researched books that introduces influential people involved in the preservation of wild places to upper elementary and middle school children. In almost all cases they were scientists as well as activists and authors. Their lives show how they shared their scientific skills and knowledge with the public to make lasting contributions to the world.
This volume includes eight historic and contemporary greats: Henry David Thoreau, whose writings formed the basis for the environmental movement; John Muir, the extraordinary naturalist; Theodore Roosevelt, who engaged the government in conservation; Aldo Leopold, instrumental in creating the world’s first wilderness preserve; Richard St. Barbe Baker, who spearheaded the first major international reforestation campaign; Mardy Murie who worked to preserving huge wilderness tracts in Alaska; David Suzuki, eminent Canadian scientist and broadcaster; and Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan woman who focused on the social impact of the environment.
- CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
- Nautilus Book Award (Gold)
- Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (Bronze)
- iParenting Media Award
- Mom’s Choice Award Gold
— Richard Louv, author, Last Child in the Woods (January 2009)
“. . . This compact paperback book is a great choice for a classroom supplement. Its eight biographies would be appropriate for group work, independent reading, or whole-class explorations and extensions. It illustrates the history and methods of science in a way that will appeal to many learning styles.”
— NSTA Recommends (March 2010)
“This book is an excellent source for students who wish to learn more about environmentalists, both past and present. . . . All of the included naturalists became fascinated with nature from an early age, and each one contributed greatly to his or her field. . . . Each chapter is followed by a “Fast Facts” page and a timeline of important events, which provides historical context. This book could be utilized by middle school students for both research and pleasure. The stories are quite inspirational. ”
— Children’s Literature (January 2010)