From the author of the beloved classic The Great Kapok Tree, A River Ran Wild tells a story of restoration and renewal. Learn how the modern-day descendants of the Nashua Indians and European settlers were able to combat pollution and restore the beauty of the Nashua River in Massachusetts.
About the Author
LYNNE CHERRY has devoted her life to sharing her concern about environmental issues with others. Her important children's books also include The Armadillo from Amarillo and two tales from the Amazon rain forest: The Great Kapok Tree and The Shaman's Apprentice. She lives in Washington, D.C.
What People are Saying About This
"An important, intelligently presented story."Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will be moved to consider their personal impact on the environment and what they can do to make a difference."Booklist
"An important contribution to literature."School Library Journal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This picture book follows the history of New England's Nashua River. Hundreds of years ago, the river was plentiful and fertile when natives settled beside it. Over time people began to pollute the river until, in the 1960s, fish and animals couldn't even be found there. The Nashua River Watershed Association helped to pass laws that helped restore the Nashua River.I liked the illustrations in this book and I think that it would be a great tool to use in the classroom. The only critique that I have is that one some of the inventions that are featured lack dates.For the classroom, I would use this book during a lesson that teaches kids the importance of recycling and the harm of pollution and destroying the earch. I would have students make a list of five things that they can do to improve the earth. Then the students will share what they wrote with the class.
If you teach about Native Americans of New England, New England history, and/or ecology, this book is a must have in your classroom library. It is an excellent teaching tool. My class was fascinated with the water filtration investigation in the book!
In my 5th grade class we are learning about the environment.The book shows what can The book happened if you don't care about your surroundings. The pictures are captivating. They're so amazing. The whole book teaches any age person to care about the environment. Rember to keep reading. :)