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John Muir: America's First Environmentalist
By Kathryn Lasky
Illustrator Stan Fellows
Publisher Candlewick Press

John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, is most noted for his influence on the creation of the first National Park at Yosemite and promoting the conservation of "wild nature." He opposed those who believed that man was called to take dominion over the earth and that all things were meant for man's use.

Brought into right relationships with the wilderness, man would see that his appropriation of Earth's resources beyond his personal needs would only bring imbalance and begat ultimate loss and poverty by all. John Muir
His passion for discovering the bounty of God's creation led him from Wisconsin to Florida to the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the glaciers of Alaska. This picture book biography of Muir's life takes us from his childhood through the founding of Yosemite National Park. He lived much of his life in the wilderness he so cherished. The acrylic paintings by Stan Fellows reflect the beauty that drew Muir to the wilds of nature.

This book would serve as a good stepping off point for learning more about environmentalism as well as inspiration for children to keep their own nature journals. The idea that man can do as he pleases with creation has lost sway in most Christian circles, replaced with the idea of man as steward of creation. John Muir did much to bring this change about.


John Muir: America's First Environmentalist

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