A River's Gifts
The Mighty Elwha River Reborn
by Patricia Newman
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Pub Date 06 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2022
Lerner Publishing Group, Millbrook Press ™
STEM: Earth ScienceSTEM: Life Science/Animals5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
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Average rating from 5 members
Marvelous Read of River Restoration and Dam Removal - Children are just as curious about restoring the environment as the adults in charge of these projects. Children will delight in this book as they learn the value of rivers. The ecosystem is explored in its relationship to people, plants, and animals. Readers will learn about the life cycle of salmon and the greater ecosystem along the river's edge. I enjoyed the illustrations, diagrams, maps, and captions used to not only help the reader visualize the reader but better understand the science involved in river ecosystem restoration. The endnotes are well detailed and include pictures of the actual dam removal. There are several nonfiction text features that aid comprehension of the material. I would easily use this book in teaching and supporting units in ecosystem habitats, life cycle of animals, the effect of humans on an environment, understanding hydroelectricity, and of course it could support Native American units of study as well. The reading level is for upper elementary, but it could still be used in a middle school setting. This is a must have for any community with a dam or communities from the upper Northeast regions. This would be a great addition for libraries that do not have books on this topic. It will be a new addition to my school library believe me.
A River's Gifts masterfully blends information relating to ecosystems and the history of the "Strong People." The way in which the author explains that which history books generally cover as "westward expansion and development" as detrimentally impacting the natural state of the ecosystem, the lives of the "Strong People" and how it was ultimately rectified and resolved is truly captivating. This is a piece of history you just don't learn about in regular textbooks and this story needs to be told. Bravo! The illustrations are absolutely stunning. There is scientific information relating to the ecosystem and historical context of the National Park system and its role in restoring this habitat. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the impact of our our historical "development" as our nation expanded further west and to those who want to understand the impact that development had on the people, land and animals that were already there and called it home. The timeline in the back on the book provided a very good resource for recall and review after reading the story as well. #ARiver'sGifts #ElwhaKlallamTribe #OlympicNationalPark #bringthesalmonhome
This is a tale of the Elwha river, that the people of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, who were known as the Strong People, considered sacred. They lived in harmony with the salmon and all the animals that relied on the salmon.
And then the settlers came and said, oh, look, water, let’s build a dam. And they blocked the salmon, and flooded the river valley, and messed up the environment to no end.
And that is not the end of it. This is actually a story about how the river came back, with the help of the Strong People, and of the National Parks deciding to take down the dam, after a lot of hard work and lobbying.
Fascinating picture book. The story is told in very simple language, but in the back, it goes into more details about how it all worked out in the end, with a lot of hard work. The author and the illustrator both talked to members of the tribe to get their view on things, as well as doing research on the history of the river.
Beautiful illustrations. Inspiring story.
<em>Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.</em>
A River's Gift depicts the Elwha River in the Pacific Northwest. I loved the descriptions and labeling of certain parts of the river, they were very informative. The book includes paragraphs about native people, how a dam works, and the mating life of salmon. This is a great book for children to learn more about how ecosystems work. It also had a lot of historical information too.
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