Fall 2022

A River's Gifts

The Mighty Elwha River Reborn

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

A mighty river. A long history.

For thousands of years, the Elwha river flowed north to the sea. The river churned with salmon, which helped feed bears, otters, and eagles. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, known as the Strong People located in the Pacific Northwest, were grateful for the river’s abundance. All that changed in the 1790s when strangers came who did not understand the river’s gifts. The strangers built dams, and the environmental consequences were disastrous.

Sibert honoree Patricia Newman and award-winning illustrator Natasha Donovan join forces to tell the story of the Elwha, chronicling how the Strong People successfully fought to restore the river and their way of life.

Format Your Price Add
978-1-5415-9870-6
$23.99
978-1-7284-7384-0
$37.99
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Earth Science, STEM: Life Science/Animals
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2022-09-06
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF018040, JNF025180, JNF037070
Dewey 639.909797/99
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 950
Guided Reading Level W
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

Reviews

Booklist

“Effectively using a compelling story to illustrate the concept of rewilding, this informative, striking presentation is powerful in its hopeful story that integrates history, environmental appreciation, and explanations of the interdependence of species in a landscape and the politics necessary to save them.”—starred, Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Beautifully illustrated and informative.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: Patricia Newman

Patricia Newman's books inspire young readers to seek connections to the real world. Her titles encourage readers to use their imaginations to solve real world problems and act on behalf of their communities. These books include Sibert Honor title Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem; Orbis Pictus Recommended Book Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean; Bank Street College Best Book Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; Booklist Editor's Choice Ebola: Fears and Facts; and Green Earth Book Award winner Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Patricia frequently speaks at schools and conferences to share how children of any age can affect change. Visit her at www.patriciamnewman.com.

Illustrator: Natasha Donovan

Natasha Donovan is the illustrator of the award-winning Mothers of Xsan series (written by Brett Huson). She illustrated the graphic novel Surviving the City (written by Tasha Spillett), which won a Manitoba Book Award and received an American Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA) honor. She also illustrated Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer which won an Orbis Pictus Honor Book and an American Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA). Natasha is Métis, and spent her early life in Vancouver, British Columbia. Although she moved to the United States to marry a mathematician, she prefers to keep her own calculations to the world of color and line. She lives in Washington. www.natashadonovan.com

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A River's Gifts

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A River’s Gifts: An Interview with Author Patricia Newman

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