Sunday, November 21, 2021

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MONDAY BIOGRAPHY FEATURE ~
--  'JOHN MUIR:  MY LIFE WITH NATURE'  -- 
AUTHOR JOSEPH CORNELL
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Author Bio & Review~
 

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ABOUT THE BOOK {from Goodreads}:

John Muir's remarkable adventures and attunement with nature are told in his own words, edited for a young audience. His joyous enthusiasm for nature comes through powerfully. The book includes "explore more" activities.

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MORE ABOUT THE BOOK {from the author's website}:

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 the classic Sharing Nature with Children. The result is a book with a 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. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR {from the author's website}:

From his earliest years, Joseph Cornell felt a sensitive attunement with the mysteries and beauties of nature. As a boy, he spent much time exploring the marshes, orchards, and mountains near his home in northern California. During the early 1970s, he designed his own Bachelor of Science degree program in nature awareness at California State University at Chico.


The nature awareness methods featured in Cornell’s Sharing Nature Book Series are used by millions of parents, educators, naturalists, and youth and religious leaders all over the world. Mr. Cornell’s second book, Listening to Nature, has inspired thousands of adults to deepen their relationship with nature. 

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service selected his first book, Sharing Nature with Children®, as one of the 15 most influential books—published from 1890 to today—that has connected children to nature. Other authors honored in the exhibit include Rachel Carson and Ernest Thompson Seton. 

Cornell’s highly effective outdoor learning strategy, Flow Learning, was featured by the U.S. National Park Service as one of five recommended learning theories, along with the work of Maria Montessori, Howard Gardner, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget. 

Joseph Cornell is the founder and president of Sharing Nature Worldwide, one of the planet’s most popular and influential environmental education programs. He is the honorary president of Japan Nature Game Association that has 10,000 trained Sharing Nature leaders and 224 regional associations. Japan’s national elementary science curriculum promotes Sharing Nature experiences as a way to help students “get close to nature” and “love nature.”

Mr. Cornell has received many international awards for his Sharing Nature books and work. He has received the prestigious Countess Sonja-Bernadotte Prize in Germany for his vast influence on environmental education in Central Europe, and the Honorary Award from the Hungarian Society for Environmental Education for his "service as a role model for educators worldwide." In 2011 Cornell was selected as one of the “100 biggest opinion leaders committed to the Environment” by the French organization, Anges Gardiens de la PlanΓ¨te.

Joseph frequently travels and speaks to groups in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the South Pacific. The National Association for Interpretation said that Cornell’s books “sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education” and “his expertise, irrepressible enthusiasm, blend of knowledge and warmth creates an atmosphere for learning that is very contagious.” 

https://www.sharingnature.com/joseph-bharat-cornell.html

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MY REVIEW:

This informative book is chock full of information about the inspiring naturalist, John Muir. I had the good fortune to visit the home of John Muir and his wife and daughters in Martinez, California, many years ago. It is a beautiful farmhouse with peaceful surroundings. This book gives an in-depth view into this unique man and his impact on conservation in our nation.

The majority of the chapters are a biography of John Muir taken from the naturalist's own writings. The author mentions in his 'Note From the Author' preceding the text of the book informs readers: 

"To stay true to the spirit of Muir as clearly and fully as possible, I have told his story as if he were alive, using his own words and colorful expressions as often as possible." (pg.4)

The book also includes many of Muir's sketches and journal entries. There are a lot of historical photographs of the naturalist on his many adventures as well as photographs of Yosemite and Mt. Shasta, his wife and daughters, and members of the Sierra Club which he co-founded in 1892.

The back matter of the book entitled, 'Explore More', includes extension activities to get youngsters motivated to examine nature and think like John Muir did regarding nature and conservation. There is a list of his longer journeys around the world along with a world map that plots out these trips. There is a chronology of John Muir's life and a Further Reading list.

Highly-recommended! I borrowed this book from the children's collection at the local public library.

 

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6 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard of this book, but it sounds like a fantastic resource to help us all appreciate nature more.

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  2. Ah! I was wondering why Joseph Cornell's name sounded so familiar... he's the author of Sharing Nature with Children and tons of other "environmental ed" books I used with kids. Thanks for reaching back in time to share this one.

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  3. This sounds like an excellent read! It's always nice to see books centered around nature, and since I'm not very familiar with John Muir, I imagine I'd learn a thing or two as well. Thanks so much for the great review!

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  4. Very cool you were able to visit Muir's home. I remember doing a report on him in high school. Such an inspiration. Thanks for featuring this title on MMGM.

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  5. Yes, I love that you visited Muir's home. He is iconic with his book on nature. I'd enjoy this book. Great choice today!

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  6. I am very interested in John Muir and have several books about him, but I hadn't heard of this one. I just ordered a copy. Thanks so much for telling me about it.

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