Reviews for Camping With the President


Booklist Reviews 2009 September #2
Inspired by conservationist John Muir's nature essays, President Theodore Roosevelt traveled west, visiting national parks and learning more about their resources. Wadsworth's well-written, lively account highlights the pair's 1903 exploration of the Yosemite wilderness, as well as America's early conservation movement, in an accessible and engaging picture book for older readers. Dugan's abundant, intricately rendered watercolors portray the stunning vistas and wildlife and are set against white backgrounds on occasionally text-heavy pages with small type. The descriptive narrative incorporates Roosevelt's enthusiasm (with several "Bully!" exclamations) and aspects of presidential life, including intrusive crowds, reporters, and security, as well as the leader's love for the solitude he found amid the giant sequoias and beautiful valleys. Although the account is fictionalized, actual quotes are attributed, and an author's note provides helpful background, sources, and recommended books for young readers, including Roosevelt and Muir biographies. Students and educators alike will find this an informative and enjoyable introduction to two of America's early environmental champions and to the early history of our national parks. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
Wadsworth ably chronicles Theodore Roosevelt's 1903 camping trip with John Muir in Yosemite National Park. Incorporating a number of documented quotations from primary sources, in addition to less convincing invented conversations and interior monologues, she conveys Roosevelt's enthusiasm for Muir's work and the president's love of nature. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2009 August #2
In the spring of 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt took a long trip to the far American West and capped his visit with a four-day camping trip through Yosemite with famed naturalist John Muir. Dodging persistent reporters, the men rode through ancient sequoia forests, climbed Glacier Peak and camped at the foot of Bridalveil Fall. As detailed in an author's note, the trip likely played a significant role in Roosevelt's later conservation efforts. Wadsworth's research is sound, her writing spritely and her information interesting, but she reports the story instead of telling it, and she does so in so much detail that the amount of print overwhelms Dugan's otherwise serviceable watercolors. Half the words would have twice the value; as written, it's not detailed enough for older readers, who will gravitate toward chapter books, but too much for younger readers and downright daunting as a read-aloud. Some of Roosevelt's quotes ("I want to drop politics absolutely for four days") are authentic and sourced; others ("This is bullier yet!") are "created by the author based upon typical language of Roosevelt"--an unfortunate license. (author's, biographical notes) (Picture book. 7-10) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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