A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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From the author of the beloved "The Great Kapok Tree" comes an enlightening story of restoration and renewal. Readers learn how the modern-day descendants of the Nashua Indians and European settlers were able to combat pollution and restore the beauty of the Nashua River in Massachusetts. Full-color illustrations.

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The history of the Nashua River in Massachusetts is written about in this book by Lynne Cherry. The river that the local Native Americans once called Nash-a-way, meaning “River with the Pebbled Bottom,” became terribly polluted with an industrial revolution and the rise of manufacturing businesses along its banks after European settlement. Two local residents, one a descendant of the colonists and one of the Nashaway tribe, decide to do something about it; they travel to each town along the river organizing a cleanup committee, and the river was eventually restored to a beautiful healthy state. Alongside painted images of the local scenery there are also maps, identification of local wildlife, and collections of various tools used by the earliest inhabitants and then the settlers. This story is one of hope, it beautifully illustrates how one or two people can step up and make a huge difference, and how it is possible to reverse major environmental damage done to a complex ecosystem like the Nashua River. 

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Very Insiring I totally love it,it say's alot about the Earth's history and how we began to change the Earth like for example the chemicals and toxic wastes that get dumped in the sea's and oceans and river's daily and from then till now it's still happening.In this world i guest we need more people like Ms.Lynne Cherry to make more book's,andfilms/movies about trying to save our enviorment because in the end were still ending up helping our selves to survive and live a little bit longer!! 

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About the author (2002)

LYNNE CHERRY has devoted her life to sharing her concern about environmental issues with others. Her important children's books also include The Armadillo from Amarillo and two tales from the Amazon rain forest: The Great Kapok Tree and The Shaman's Apprentice. She lives in Washington, D.C.