Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Camping With The President

In May of 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt spent four days camping in California's Yosemite National Park with Sierra Club founder John Muir.  Camping With The President, written by Ginger Wadsworth and illustrated by Karen Dugan, is a fascinating retelling of those four days. The author and illustrator take great care to recreate what Roosevelt and Muir saw and heard during their trip and the vital discussions that generated Roosevelt's championing of national parks. Dugan's watercolor illustrations are a wonderful depiction of the grandeur of Yosemite.

Wadsworth's descriptive writing could be used for a writer's workshop mini-lesson (vivid verbs) as well as teaching the skill of visualization in reader's workshop.

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