October 27 Birthday: CAMPING WITH THE PRESIDENT

Theodore Roosevelt, President
b. Oct. 27, 1858
d. Jan. 6, 1919


CAMPING WITH THE PRESIDENT
(Calkins Creek, 2009)

by Ginger Wadsworth
illustrated by Karen Dugan

Overview


A camping trip with John Muir affects Theodore Roosevelt’s decisions on
conservation. Imagine a U.S. president on a camping trip. It seems
unlikely today, but in May 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt dismissed
his Secret Service men to go camping with John Muir, the world-famous
naturalist. For three glorious nights and four days in California’s
Yosemite National Park, the two men talked about birds, giant sequoia
trees, glaciers, as well as the importance of preserving wilderness for
future generations. They slept under the stars, built blazing campfires,
and enjoyed the beauty and the uniqueness of the area. Setting aside
new national parks and monuments became one of the cornerstones of
Roosevelt’s presidency and was a direct result of this camping trip.
Author Ginger Wadsworth and illustrator Karen Dugan carefully researched
this true story, a CRA Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Silver Honor Book,
relying on primary documents and working closely with experts in the
field. 
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