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John Muir

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My Life with Nature

This unique "autobiography" of John Muir is told in his own words, brimming with his spirit and his 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 hero. 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.

Curriculum Components:

BiographyNatural HistoryNature Appreciation

Ages 10 - 16

Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Details: Paperback, 72 pages
Author: Joseph Cornell


Winner of the
2001 ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award
Non-Fiction - Humane Heroes Category

This is THE BEST John Muir biography for children. It is informative, engaging, and succinctly written . . . Teachers, parents and nature lovers are going to love it, right along with children.
—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)

"No one brought nature to life like John Muir," writes Joseph Cornell, the author of John Muir: My Life With Nature. "His great love for all living things gave him a rare understanding of the natural world. When Muir spoke of his encounters with wild animals, trees and mountain storms, his listeners said it felt as if they were there, experiencing the adventure with him.

"To stay true to the spirit of Muir, I have told the story as if he were alive, telling the tale himself, using his own words and colorful expressions as often as possible. I have, however, simplified and condensed his words to make them more accessible to young readers. I have also linked the events to keep a smooth narrative flow.

"Muir today is remembered as the father of America's national parks. His love of nature continues to inspire people everywhere to take up the cause of preservation."

This book offers an ideal way to introduce Muir's story and ethos to groups of all ages. Included are suggested activities to explore Muir's philosophy and approaches to nature. Highly recommended!
—John Muir Award News - The John Muir Trust (Autumn 2006)

John Muir: My Life With Nature uses many of John Muir's own words to tell his timeless stories of the adventures of his life, in such a way that everyone can enjoy them, teacher and student alike. In this book, one gets to explore what shapes responsible environmental ethics, and helps us understand what molds a worldv

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