What would you see from your front porch if your neighborhood suddenly looked as it did three hundred years ago? When the two girls who live at 107 Maple Street discover an ancient arrowhead and a broken china cup, they begin to wonder.
Author: Lynn E. Bragg
Publisher: Surrey, B.C. : Hancock House
Release Date: 1995
This is the familiar story of an ancient culture infringed upon and altered forever by modern technology. It is the story of how the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam led to the destruction of a way of life for members of the Arrow Lakes Tribe. Sinee mat and her great-grandmother Toopa tell the engaging story of life on the Columbia River, before and after the dam. Written by Lynn Bragg and beautifully illustrated by Virgil Smoker Marchand, a member of the Arrow Lakes Band of the Colville Confederated Tribes, readers of all ages will love this true account of Pacific Northwest history.
Author: Paul Schneider
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release Date: 2013-09-03
A fascinating account of how the Mississippi River shaped America In Old Man River, Paul Schneider tells the story of the river at the center of America's rich history—the Mississippi. Some fifteen thousand years ago, the majestic river provided Paleolithic humans with the routes by which early man began to explore the continent's interior. Since then, the river has been the site of historical significance, from the arrival of Spanish and French explorers in the 16th century to the Civil War. George Washington fought his first battle near the river, and Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman both came to President Lincoln's attention after their spectacular victories on the lower Mississippi. In the 19th century, home-grown folk heroes such as Daniel Boone and the half-alligator, half-horse, Mike Fink, were creatures of the river. Mark Twain and Herman Melville led their characters down its stream in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Confidence-Man. A conduit of real-life American prowess, the Mississippi is also a river of stories and myth. Schneider traces the history of the Mississippi from its origins in the deep geologic past to the present. Though the busiest waterway on the planet today, the Mississippi remains a paradox—a devastated product of American ingenuity, and a magnificent natural wonder.
Author: Calvin R. Fremling
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Release Date: 2005
This engaging and well-illustrated primer to the Upper Mississippi River presents the basic natural and human history of this magnificent waterway. Immortal River is written for the educated lay-person who would like to know more about the river's history and the forces that shape as well as threaten it today. It melds complex information from the fields of geology, ecology, geography, anthropology, and history into a readable, chronological story that spans some 500 million years of the earth's history. Like the Mississippi itself, Immortal River often leaves the main channel to explore the river's backwaters, floodplain, and drainage basin. The book's focus is the Upper Mississippi, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Cairo, Illinois. But it also includes information about the river's headwaters in northern Minnesota and about the Lower Mississippi from Cairo south to the river's mouth ninety miles below New Orleans. It offers an understanding of the basic geology underlying the river's landscapes, ecology, environmental problems, and grandeur.
Author: Mark J. Plotkin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: 1998-04-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
In a Tirio village deep in the heart of the Amazon rain forest, the shaman Nahtahlah has a place of honor in his tribe. Young Kamanya wants to learn the healing secrets of the forest plants--he hopes that he, too, will become the tribe’s shaman, so that he can cure his people. When the villagers fall sick with an illness that Nahtahlah cannot cure, many lose faith in the shaman’s wisdom--until a foreign woman helps them understand its value while giving Kamanya an opportunity to realize his dream. Lynne Cherry returns to the rain forest with ethnobotanist Mark J. Plotkin to tell an important story about the healing plants of the earth-and why we must protect them.
This is the story of a river as it twists and turns, from its source to the sea. It starts no wider then a hand, races downhill, over rocks, through fields, past farms, into the city. Finally, at the edge of the land, it ends its journey.
Author: Michael McCurdy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date: 2002-05
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, the Endurance was crushed, creating the need to travel across the ocean to safety.
Author: Christopher Morris
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2012-09-13
In the spring of 1541 Hernando de Soto arrived at the Mississippi River. For much of the next year he and his army waged a losing battle against the natural environment of the floodplain and the numerous peoples who lived there. The following spring, with the river at the level of a hundred-year flood, the Spanish made a sheepish retreat down the valley to the Gulf, and from there to Mexico. The lower Mississippi Valley Soto found was a vast, wet land, a varying combination of water and dirt, from its sandy terraces and natural levees, to its cypress swamps, oxbow lakes, and deltas, to the big muddy river that runs through it all. Three-and-a-half centuries later, in 1890s Louisiana, cotton planters faced a series of droughts, a new experience for the lower valley, which could always count on a good dousing from the great river that kept it moist through long summers. By the 1890s, however, the valley was drying. Systematic deforestation, swamp drainage, and levee construction divided much of the lower valley environment into wet" and "land," water on one side of the levee that prevented from touching the land on the other side. Water frequently returned to the land, sometimes in other guises, as epidemics, insect plagues, loss of soil fertility, microclimate change, most visibly in devastating floods, an eroding coastline, and a sinking delta. Always, the response was to build more barriers between wet and dry. Every finger placed in the dike merely causedwater to break through somewhere else. In the hours after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, water broke through with a vengeance and reclaimed the land. In cycles dating back thousands of years, long before the first engineered levees, the Louisiana coastline has advanced and receded, the delta has emerged from the Gulf and sunk back into it, the river has changed shape and altered its route to the sea, leaving behind a trail of natural formations. Natural environments are much more than reflections of human history. They need no encouragement to change over time. In the public debate over the causes of the Katrina disaster some blame inadequate levees. Some fault the entire project of flood control for hastening the delta's erosion. They forget that that the lower Mississippi Valley has a history of flooding predating engineers and levees. This book tells that history, of the mixing of water and land and people in North America's largest wet land."