Wednesday, March 25, 2015

John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall by Julie Danneberg, illustrated by Jamie Hogan

This is a small story in the life of John Muir, environmentalist, creator of the Sierra Club, and the man who was responsible for influencing Theodore Roosevelt to establish the National Park system. One day, Muir, who lived part of the year in a cabin in Yosemite Valley, climbed the trail up to Yosemite Falls and almost fell of the ledge when he got caught under the rushing water of the falls.

Though John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall tells of a very small moment in the environmentalist's life, it is a compelling story and wonderful piece of writing to share with students. There are lots of golden lines to notice and note such as:

He is so close to the waterfall that the mist brushes his face, the noise pounds in his chest, and the night feels alive with the energy of the twisting, misting, roaring water.

I'm looking forward to booktalking this book with my 8th graders as it is a great picture book to share with older readers either as a mentor text or just a book to sit down and enjoy on their own.

John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall by Julie Danneberg, illustrated by Jamie Hogan
Published: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Pages: 32
Genre/Format: Picture Book Biography
Audience: Middle Grade
Disclosure: Finished copy provided by publisher

If you buy this book or any book through Amazon, it is my hope that you also regularly patronize independent bookstores, which are important centerpieces of thriving communities. While I am an Amazon Affiliate, that by no means implies that I only buy my books through their website. Please make sure you are still helping small, independent bookstores thrive in your community. To locate an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.