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The Mountain Man And The President
The Mountain Man And The President
(David L. Weitzman, Alex Haley, Charles Shaw)

The Mountain Man And The PresidentThe Mountain Man And The President (1992)
The Mountain Man And The President discusses how the friendship between naturalist John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt brought about government protection of America's wilderness.
John Muir and President Roosevelt meet for the first time on a camping trip in the spring of 1903. The two men share a love of the great American wilderness and meet to discuss its future.
John Muir is often referred to as "The Father of the National Park Service" He was many things, inventor, immigrant, botanist, glaciologist, writer, co-founder of the Sierra Club and fruit rancher. But it was his love of nature, and the preservation of it, that we can thank him for today.
John Muir convinced President Theodore Roosevelt to protect Yosemite (including Yosemite Valley), Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mount Rainier as National Parks.
David L. Weitzman is a published author and illustrator of young adult and children's books. Some of his credits include: The Mountain Man And The President (Stories of America), Brown Paper School Book: My Backyard History Book and Now Is Your Time! and The John Bull: A British Locomotive Comes to America.
Charles Shaw is a published author and illustrator of young adult and children's books. Some of his credits include: The Mountain Man And The President (Stories of America), The Crippled Champion and The King Ranch Racehorse.
Alex Haley, as General Editor, wrote the following introduction:
Introduction By Alex Haley, General Editor
We all have our own special places. I prefer the Tennessee hills and the forest of the Pacific Northwest. When I'm working on a book, I like to get away to sea and write. There is the quiet beauty, the majesty of nature to find peace and inspiration in. A writer needs that, people need that.
David Weitzman's book is about our need for special places. It's about the importance of the wilderness in our lives.
And even though it is set in the recent past, the early 1900s, it is also about the future. Our world has a few million, maybe a few billion, years of life in it. Our children—your children—and all the children to come will need the wilderness—for what it does for the soul and for what it does for life on our planet. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
The Mountain Man And The President • Reviews
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." - John Muir.
"This short story-book for elementary school readers focuses on the 1903 Yosemite camping trip shared by John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt. The book is excellent in explaining how this historical event relates to the importance of wilderness in our lives today, and the continuing need to protect wilderness for the future." - Sierra Club Foundation.
"This book relates the story of the friendship between naturalist John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt and its impact on bringing about government protection of America's wilderness." - California Online Resources For Education.

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