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Meadowlandsby Thomas Yezerski
Synopses & Reviews
A New York Times Notable Children's Book for 2011
One of Horn Books Best Nonfiction Books of 2011
The 20,000 acres of wetlands in New Jersey now known as the Meadowlands were once home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. But in the four hundred years since European explorers first arrived in the Meadowlands, people have dammed up, drained, built over, and polluted this formerly vibrant ecosystem—and all but destroyed it. Still, signs of life remain—under bridges, on the edges of parking lots, and beside train tracks. Slowly but surely, with help from activist groups, government organizations, and ordinary people, the resilient creatures of the Meadowlands are making a comeback, and the wetlands are recovering.
"Judicious ink and watercolor illustrations pair with tender prose to tell the story of the Meadowlands estuary in New Jersey, which bounced back from being 'one of the worst places in America.' Yezerski paints a vivid history of the place where the Hackensack River meets Newark Bay, and where the Lenni Lenape lived for thousands of years. During the 1800s, the Meadowlands were logged and by the mid-20th century, it had become a sewage and garbage dump. With restrained elegance, Yezerski describes how the Meadowlands has slowly recovered, while nimble border art offers signs of the times, as oysters and Conestoga wagons give way to benzene, mercury, mobsters, and, later, the re-emergence of wildlife. The healthy comingling of urban and natural worlds in the final spreads makes this portrait especially poignant. Ages 5 — 8. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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About the Author
Thomas F. Yezerski lived on the edge of the Meadowlands for twelve years. He walked, ran, drove, bussed, trained, and canoed its strange landscapes to make sense of it, and then wrote this story out of love for it. He is the author and/or illustrator of several childrens books, including Mrs. Muddles Holidays by Laura F. Nielsen, which Kirkus Reviews praised in a starred review, saying “Yezerskis pen-and-ink watercolors are bright, warm and festive.” He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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