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Title:
Wildheart : the daring adventures of John Muir / by Julie Bertagna ; illustrated by William Goldsmith.
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Wild heart
ISBN:
9781930238947
Publication Information:
Yosemite National Park [California] : Yosemite Conservancy, [2019]

©2019
Physical Description:
128 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
First published in 2014 in Great Britain under the title John Muir: Earth--Planet, Universe, by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Creative Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.
Abstract:
This is the story of John Muir's adventurous lie, from his wild and playful boyhood in Scotland to his legendary exploits in America, where he became an inventor, a global explorer, and the first modern environmentalist--and even made friends with a president! His heart was always in the outdoors and he aimed to experience all he could. He swung through a windstorm at the top of a tall tree, clilmbed too many mountains to count, and rode an avalanche to its end. Most importantly, thought, John Muir told the world about the wonders of nature. His words made a difference and inspired people in many countries to start protecting planet Earth--and they still do. -- From back cover.
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John Muir led an adventurous life, starting with his wild and playful boyhood in Scotland to his legendary exploits in America, where he became an inventor, a global explorer, and the first modern environmentalist--and even made friends with a president! His heart was always in the outdoors and he aimed to experience all he could. Most importantly, though, John Muir told the world about the wonders of nature. His words made a difference and inspired people in many countries to start protecting planet Earth-- and they still do.


Author Notes

Julie Bertagna is an award-winning author of acclaimed books and short stories for children and young adults. Exodus has won various awards including a Friends of the Earth Eco Prize for Creativity and a Santa Monica Public Library Green Prize for Literature. Awards in her native Scotland include the Children's Book of the Year and the Catalyst Book Prize. Julie lives in Glasgow, Scotland. William Goldsmith is a British writer and illustrator teaching illustration at the British Higher School of Art and Design. His work has appeared in a range of publications and exhibitions in the United Kingdom and overseas. His other graphic novels are The Bind and Vignettes of Ystov, published by Jonathan Cape. William currently lives in Moscow, Russian Federation.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

John Muir, a fascinating character in American environmental history, migrated to the U.S. from Scotland in the middle of the 19th century, where his fondness for nature sent him to explore and preserve some of America's most majestic sites, including Yosemite National Park. Divided into episodic chapters, this graphic biography shares the broad strokes of Muir's life in an accessible format. Bertagna (Exodus) recasts Muir as a mix of Paul Bunyan and Johnny Appleseed, following him as he journeys across the Atlantic, settles into the frontier, and gradually begins life-changing trips that allow him "to drink in the grand show of nature." The first-person voice adds a lively immediacy to the spare text, which is extended in Goldsmith's panels, rendered in thick, uncluttered lines washed with watercolors that evoke the natural world that Muir loved so much. Unfortunately, the book's omission of Native Americans perpetuates an image of a white explorer "discovering" long-inhabited lands. While the book introduces an important conservation figure and offers a moving ode to nature, it fails to present an inclusive, accurate view of U.S. history. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.