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|Author: Joseph Cornell
Retail Price: Paperback • $9.95
“This is THE BEST John Muir biography for children,” says Jill Harcke, co-producer of the John Muir Tribute CD. Written as an “autobiography” taken from Muir’s own words, it brims with his spirit and adventures. The text was selected and retold by naturalist Joseph Cornell, author of Sharing Nature with Children, who is well known for his inspiring nature games. The result is a book with an aliveness, a presence of goodness, adventure, enthusiasm, and sensitive love of each animal and plant that will give young adults an experience of a true champion of nature. It is a book that expands your sense of hope, adventure, and awareness. Adults will be just as fond of this book as young readers. Cornell includes numerous “explore more” activities that help the reader to understand and appreciate Muir’s many wonderful qualities.
- The ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award
- Dept. of Environment-South Korea Environmental Dept, Excellent Books for 2007
— Jill Harcke – Co-producer of the John Muir Tribute CD
. . . Muir’s words continue to inspire as educators and wilderness enthusiasts relate the wild-bearded man’s tales to new generations. Among those who have carried the torch lit by Muir is naturalist Joseph Cornell, a man to whom childlike wonder and explosive bursts of enthusiasm are no stranger. Best known for his Sharing Nature With Children series, Cornell has written a new “autobiography” of Muir titled John Muir: My Life with Nature. In this book Cornell channels Muir’s spirit by drawing the content of this first-person narrative from Muir’s own writing. Cornell tells the story as if Muir were alive today, borrowing phrases and lifting stories, but he has simplified , shortened , or combined passages to make the narrative accessible to younger audiences.
Having the tales of a legendary storyteller spun by one of today’s most highly regarded outdoor educators creates quite an effective educational tool. Cornell knows that the value of a good story is its ability hook or draw in the reader. . .
— Taproot – Rob Andrejewski (Fall/Winter 2003)