John James Audubon

John James Audubon

by Patrice Sherman, Elaine Wood




John James Audubon explored America's wilderness during the early nineteenth century, observing and recording the wonders he found there. From the Kentucky frontier to the Mississippi bayou and up to the icy coast of Maine, he took his sketchbook and journal with him wherever he went. His collected paintings, Birds of America, became of one of the nation's greatest works of art and natural history. It documents an era when America's forests still teemed with ivory-billed woodpeckers, passenger pigeons, and other now extinct species. Audubon, who had witnessed firsthand acts of overhunting, was the first to sound the alarm over the destruction of the wilderness. The Audubon Society, founded in his name, serves as his legacy, educating people about the value of biological diversity. Readers will explore the illustrated world of John James Audubon in this colorful new volume.

A good leader leads by example, and leaders in the conservation movement are especially hands-on. Conservation Heroes focuses on famous and inspirational luminaries in the protection of the natural world. Readers will learn about the leaders' lives, influences, and work and gain a greater understanding of the earth, oceans, and animals-and the importance of each to our lives-in the processes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604139532
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Series: Conservation Heroes Series
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

1 John and Lucy: A Naturalist Meets His Match 7

2 A Child of Revolution: Growing Up in Haiti and France 19

3 Becoming an American 29

4 Seeking a Wilder Range 41

5 Audubon the Businessman 54

6 Audubon the Artist 69

7 An American Frontiersman in England 83

8 Fame at Last: Audubon the Ornithologist 95

9 The Audubon Society: Audubon's Legacy 113

Selected Images John James Audubon 121

How to Get Involved 133

Chronology 136

Glossary 139

Bibliography 141

Further Resources 142

Picture Credits 144

Index 145

About the Author 152

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