In March, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Claudia McGehee, and Michael Osterholm were at Prairie Lights in Iowa City, Iowa to share the back story of the book, and to introduce the work to the many bibliophiles that came to hear the reading and learn about the stream and the story. On April 1, Claudia and Jackie shared their book at the CSPS hall in Cedar Rapids as part of a program arranged and sponsored by Next Page Books in the New Bo District. And on April 15th there is a celebration at the Perfect Blend in Mount Vernon, IA. But the celebration does not stop there, on April 23rd, the Red Balloon Bookshop celebrates the book with another reading and appearance by Martin, McGehee, and Osterholm.
Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Claudia McGehee, Michael Osterholm
Watch for this blackbird who seems to show up
Max is a real dog that was by Michael's side throughout
Michael Osterholm began his adventure with the creek
Gtotaku - making a fish print
The first step in creating a fish print (Gyotaku) is to cover
This is the finished print, framed, and ready for his mother's day gift.
Earlier at the CSPS hall Jacqueline Briggs Martin reads
Children attending the reading helped put the animals in
Be sure to ask the creators about the role the fox played in
"In the words of award-winning author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and the enchanting illustrations of Claudia McGehee, this is the heartwarming tale of an ecosystem restored in the Driftless Area of northeast Iowa. The story will charm and inform young readers who are drawn to a good mystery, the wonders of nature—and, of course, big earth-moving machines." ~ University of Minnesota Press
"The main narrative reads smoothly aloud, and the pictures, though detailed, should show well to a small group. Author's and illustrator's notes and a comment from the actual creek rescuer complete the package. A heartening story of environmental restoration." ~ Kirkus Reviews
Jacqueline Briggs Martin - author of Creekfinding: A True Story (and many other picture book titles) is available for author appearances -- find out more at McBookwords.McBookwords has a dozen or more authors that speak with young readers. If you would like to investigate having an author visit your school or library -- for an author appearance please contact us at McBookwords. Each of these authors often speak in schools with young readers, and at all types of groups that are interested in literacy and books.