John Burroughs: The Sage of Slabsides

John Burroughs: The Sage of Slabsides

by Ginger Wadsworth, Clarion Books


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When the American poet and naturalist John Burroughs opened his door to observe the world around him, his written findings became an inspiration to people all across the country. His published work was both widely read and acclaimed, and Slabsides, his home in the Catskills, became a favorite meetinghouse for such illustrious visitors as Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir. The only biography about Burroughs available for young readers, this abundantly illustrated book is replete with historical anecdotes and engaging details, and offers an intimate look at the life and work of an environmental pioneer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395778302
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/28/1997
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Ginger Wadsworth is the author of many nonfiction titles for young readers, including, for Clarion, Words West: Voices of Young Pioneers, which was named a Nonfiction Honor Book by VOYA and received the Western Writers of America Spur Award. She lives in Orinda, California. You can learn more about her at

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smoore75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
John Burroughs: The Sage of Slabsides tells the story of author and naturalist John Burroughs. The son of a farmer, Burroughs wanted more out of his life than farming. He loved reading and writing about nature. He put himself through school by teaching and raising money. He, ultimately, became a beloved author by both adults and children. According to the author, "[h]e didn't use scientific words to explain nature, but just wrote about what he saw, usually adding a bit of humor. Everyday readers felt as though they were going on a little trip with John..." The book is illustrated with photographs of Burroughs along with the people and places that filled his life. I really enjoyed this book and was amazed to discover he had some very famous friends. For example, Walt Whitman, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison.