Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
By Ben Goldfarb, 286 pages, Softcover
In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier than those without them. Eager is a powerful story about one of the world’s most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. Ultimately, it’s about how we can learn to coexist, harmoniously and even beneficially, with our fellow travelers on this planet. Includes an index.
Item #785, $17.95
Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide
By Molly Hashimoto, 176 pages, Hardcover
Award-winning Seattle artist and teacher Molly Hashimoto captures birds through different media, from quick sketches with pen and wash to more carefully planned block prints. Each medium has a unique way of revealing different avian qualities–elegant lines or imposing silhouettes, a delicate bill or brilliant plumage. In Birds of the West, the author shares this range of artwork as a way to encourage readers, whether artists or not, to observe more closely the feathered friends around us. Through her art and words, she explores specific Western habitats providing the natural histories of birds typically found in each, intimate personal encounters, and inspiring poems and passages from other artists and writers. Hashimoto uses sidebars to teach different art techniques for all levels of experience. Includes an index, bibliography, and resource list.
Item #704, $22.95
The Journey of York: The Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
By Hasan Davis, Illustrated by Alleanna Harris, 37 pages, Hardcover
This strikingly illustrated picture book uses a journal format to follow the Corps of Discovery as 2 captains, 29 men, 1 woman, and 1 child chart a route to the Pacific Ocean. All the men but one volunteered for the mission. York, the enslaved man taken on the journey, did not choose to go. Slaves did not have choices. York’s contributions to the expedition, however, were invaluable. The captains came to rely on York’s judgement, determination, and peacemaking role with the American Indian nations they encountered. But as York’s independence and status rose on the journey, the question remained what status he would carry once the expedition was over. This is his story. Author Davis imagines York’s feelings as he navigates his role as both a slave and almost-full member of the expedition, and also captures the stress of life as a second-class citizen. A Preface and Author’s Note page provides additional information and speculation as to York’s fate. For ages 8 and up.
Item #656, $17.95
By Cheryl Harness, 43 pages, Softcover
The illustrations and narrative in this National Geographic book examine the crucial role that the “sage of Monticello” played in shaping the ideals of freedom and self-government, which became the cornerstones of American democracy. The author’s conversational storytelling, her richly detailed illustrations, and use of period maps bring to life the exciting times of Thomas Jefferson on every page. This appealing and insightful biography is an honest, well-balanced portrait of a complex and controversial American legend. For ages 7 and up.
Item #613, $7.95
Jefferson’s America: The President, the Purchase, and the Explorers Who Transformed a Nation
By Julie M. Fenster, 422 pages, Softcover
History comes alive in this entertaining account of Thomas Jefferson’s unrivaled age of American Exploration. At the turn of the 19th century, many powers were jockeying for control of the lands west of the Mississippi River, including the young United States led by President Jefferson with his vision for a continental America. The president’s most famous expedition sent into this wilderness was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, but other explorers dispatched included William Dunbar, George Hunter, Thomas Freeman, Peter Custis, and Zebulon Pike. This book was originally published in hardcover, but now we offer it in softcover format. Includes a bibliography and index.
Item #533, $17.00
Wild Babies: A Nature Sketchbook
By Irene Brady, 50 pages, Softcover
In this handsome book, a perceptive naturalist shares with the reader her observations of the forested environment. Irene Brady’s illustrations are exquisite and precise, but at the same time warm and personal. Based on years of study in the wild and a loving respect for its inhabitants, this book captures the beauty of the wild world for readers of all ages. Each page has lively sepia-toned pictures to hold a youngster’s attention, and the text is absorbing and vivid enough to allow the adult to read it aloud time after time without getting bored. Information is provided in a story format and features bobcats, squirrels, bats, deer, hawks, and bears. Includes an index.
Item #621, $8.95
A Charbonneau Family Portrait
By Irving Anderson, 20 pages, Softcover Booklet, Published by LCNPA
An updated edition of this popular booklet about Toussaint Charbonneau, Sacagawea, and their son, Jean Baptiste, has been reprinted by the Association with a new color cover, added journal quotes, and a color map on the back cover. The booklet is well-researched and includes short biographies of the members of the family.
Item #409, $5.95
*** Of special note: An additional In Their Footsteps free speaker series event will be held on Sunday, August 18, at 1:00 PM in the Netul River Room of the LCNHP Visitor Center. Garry Bush, a retired teacher who enjoys living history, will present “The Life and Times of Pomp: Jean Baptiste Charbonneau”. These free events are sponsored by the Association and the Park. ***