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Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth (Badger Biographies)

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Earth Day creator Gaylord Nelson comes to vivid life in this addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. Accessibly written and richly illustrated with historic images, Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth includes a glossary of terms, sidebars on World War II, DDT, and several facets of the environmental movement, plus activities and discussion questions.

Born in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, in 1916, Gaylord grew up as immersed in his parents' political work and community service as he was in playing practical jokes and exploring the natural world surrounding his home town. Along the way he encountered experiences that would shape him in fundamental ways: as a man who stood up for what he believed in the face of opposition and yet who also understood how to treat his opponents with respect. Both traits would serve him well as he rose from law student to state senator to Wisconsin governor and finally to three terms as a United States Senator.

Nelson fought to treat all races equally and to condemn McCarthy-era paranoia, but his greatest contribution was to sound the alarm about another battle: the fight to save the natural world and the earth itself. It was his idea to use teach-ins to let people know that the environment needed their help. Thanks to him, more natural resources were conserved and new laws demanded clean air and water. Now, every year on April 22, people all over the world plant trees and pick up litter to celebrate Earth Day. The Earth and its inhabitants aren't safe yet, but Gaylord Nelson demonstrated that even one person can help to save the world.

Book News Annotation:

As state senator, governor of Wisconsin, and US senator Nelson (1916-2005) was among the first and strongest proponents of environmental regulation and protection, and started what is now the annual Earth Day in 1970. Cohen narratives his life and career in the series for young readers. New terms are defined, and the pronunciation indicated, and boxes summarize historical events that are mentioned in the text. Other features include photographs, a glossary, discussion questions, a chronology, and ideas for Earth Day activities. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Earth Day creator Gaylord Nelson comes to vivid life in the newest addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. Accessibly written and richly illustrated with historic images, Gaylord Nelson: Champion for our Earth includes a glossary of terms, sidebars on World War Two, DDT, and several facets of the environmental movement, plus activities and discussion questions. Born in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, in 1916, Gaylord rose from law student to state senate to Wisconsin governor and finally to three terms as a United States Senator. He fought to treat all races equally and to condemn McCarthy-era paranoia, but his greatest contribution was to sound the alarm about another battle: the fight to save the natural world and the Earth itself.

About the Author

Sheila Terman Cohen’s first book in the Badger Biographies series, Mai Ya’s Long Journey, received first place for juvenile nonfiction from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association and Council for Wisconsin Writers, and was selected by former Wisconsin First Lady, Jessica Doyle, for the Read On Wisconsin program.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870204432
Author:
Cohen, Sheila Terman.
Publisher:
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Author:
Cohen, Sheila
Author:
Cohen, Sheila Terman
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Legislators -- United States.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Badger Biographies Series
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in
Age Level:
07-12

Related Subjects

Children's » Nonfiction » Biographies
History and Social Science » US History » General
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Biographies

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Earth Day creator Gaylord Nelson comes to vivid life in the newest addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. Accessibly written and richly illustrated with historic images, Gaylord Nelson: Champion for our Earth includes a glossary of terms, sidebars on World War Two, DDT, and several facets of the environmental movement, plus activities and discussion questions. Born in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, in 1916, Gaylord rose from law student to state senate to Wisconsin governor and finally to three terms as a United States Senator. He fought to treat all races equally and to condemn McCarthy-era paranoia, but his greatest contribution was to sound the alarm about another battle: the fight to save the natural world and the Earth itself.

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