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Hudson : the story of a river
Baron, Robert C.
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Publication Information:
Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Pub., [2004]

Physical Description:
30 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Presents an imaginary journey back in time to the birth of the Hudson River and examines its history, pollution and clean-up, nearby Native American and European settlements, and the river's appeal as a tourist destination and literary subject.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 7.2 0.5 83523.
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In a series of lyrical paintings, Thomas Locker captures the majesty of the Hudson for readers, both young and young at heart.

Author Notes

Thomas Locker was born in New York City in 1937. In the 1960s, he began his career as a landscape painter. In 1982, he decided to try his hand at writing and illustrating children's books. His first, Where the River Begins, was named one of the 10 best illustrated children's books of 1984 in the New York Times Book Review. During his lifetime, he illustrated more than 30 children and young adult books, several of which he also wrote. Some of his works include John Muir: America's Naturalist, Anna and the Bagpiper, The Ice Horse, and The Man who Paints Nature. The books he worked on have received numerous awards including the Christopher Award, the John Burroughs Award, and the New York Times Award for best illustration. He died on March 9, 2012 at the age of 74.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 2-5. Illustrator Locker's radiant landscape paintings have been part of many books that show and tell a conservationist story--among them John Muir (2003). This time the focus is on Locker's own home area, and author Baron's history of the famous Hudson River is an inspiring way to blend the American story with an environmental message. Opposite each of Locker's unframed pictures, Baron reveals a piece of geological history. Beginning with the river's birth, when ocean tides cut a channel and met freshwater torrents from melting glaciers, he follows its evolution as Native American peoples moved up the Hudson Valley 10,000 years ago, European settlers drove indigenous people away and exploited the river's resources, and industry and agriculture threatened to turn the river into an open sewer --until conservationists such as Rachel Carson sounded the alarm. The text is sometimes flat, but the simple refrain The mountain and the river saw it all is a haunting comment on the history. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-In the first title, luminescent paintings reminiscent of the Hudson River School illustrate this majestic river. Hoping that youngsters will grow up to become proactive in the unending battle to preserve what is beautiful and natural, Baron and Locker have combined a text that is too subtle with illustrations that are too static. Using language that is often too simplistic for the complicated ideas presented, the author guides readers through the natural history of the Hudson and its surrounding areas. From the era of Native American inhabitation through the effects of uncontrolled industry and pollution, Baron describes life along this important waterway. "We are all part of nature and nature is part of us" is the theme that runs throughout the earnest but spotty text. In Rachel Carson, Locker's lush and serene paintings illustrate a very cursory biography of a complex woman. A page of meaningful quotations by Carson is appended; many of them may not be understood by the intended audience. Although unfailingly lovely, these titles are marginal purchases.-Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.