Congratulations to Rosi Hollenbeck, my California blogger counterpart, who won Buzzing With Questions from last week's blog.
Lang's passion for the life and work of Margaret Lowman is clearly communicated through the beautiful language in her free verse poetry. Outstanding illustrations by Jana Christy enhance the book's impact on young readers in this terrific picture book biography.
"We are part of our ecosystem, not outside it." Margaret 'Canopy Meg' Lowman.
This is the first picture book biography I've read that opens with information about the character as an adult and then flashes back to her childhood. Here is the opening:
Meg loved how leaves
burst into the world
She admired their different shapes,
colors, and textures.
After twenty years of thinking about them,
reading about them,
Meg wanted to understand them,
to discover their stories.
How did they survive?
How long did they live?
Why did they die?
The author then takes a step back into Meg's childhood in Elmira, New York. A shy child, Meg found "comfort and friendship and quiet excitement in plants."
|"Meg wrapped herself in nature,|
like a soft blanket."
The rain forest had never been studied from within. Meg was thrilled to explore this new frontier--even people said women didn't climb trees!