A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History

Bibliographic Information: Cherry, Lynne. A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992.

Brief Annotation: Nash-a-way which means, River with the Pebbled Bottom was first inhibited by the tribe of Indians under Chief Weeawa, who respected and cared for the river. Over time, settlers took over the land and built factories for producing goods that polluted the Nashua River. After a dream from Chief Weeawa, Marion worked to restore the Nashua River back to its purity.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level:  3-4

Readers who will like this: Children who like nature and the environment will especially enjoy A River Ran Wild. They will be able to see how things in nature have changed over time through story, as well as beautiful illustrations. The book may also spark an interest in children who want to make a change to help the environment.

Rating/Response: 3 I enjoyed how the book described an important idea without making it seem too educational and instead made it enjoyable to read. The imagery portrayed the story very well and showed how the river progressed through time.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you think your neighborhood looked like before your house was built? Draw a picture of your neighborhood before you lived there.

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: Children will gain a better understanding how things were in the past and how humans and technology have impacted the environment over time. Children will learn to appreciate nature and learn ways to preserve and restore the environment.

By: Kelsey Peterson


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