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The Flower Hunter: William Bartram, America's First Naturalist (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 (Awards))

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Little botanist / first naturalist
Of John Bartram's nine children, it is William who best loves nature and wants to follow in his father's footsteps. William dreams of accompanying his father as he explores the wilderness of colonial America as botanist to the King of England in search of plant specimens. Using journals, maps, and her own vibrant paintings, Deborah Kogan
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Luann
I love Deborah Kogan Ray's illustrations here - especially the sketches as if they are in William Bartram's journal and the endpapers which show a very nice map of William Bartram's travels. I thought there could have been more detail in the text, though. The text is written as if it is William Bartram's journal, which starts on his eighth birthday. After just a couple of entries, he is suddenly six years older and going on his first journey with his father. After just a couple more entries, we ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
Teaches as much about the subject of botany as it does about the man (and his father) and their fascinating journeys. Excellent author's notes. Illustration style is not ideal, but very adequate.
Stephanie Smoot
Apr 22, 2010 Stephanie Smoot rated it it was amazing
A story about William Bartram’s life, the first naturalist, and the passion he has for nature. This book would be great to integrate into science and history and discussing how a person’s passion can become a reality for some people.
Marianna
Aug 03, 2010 Marianna rated it really liked it
The Bartram's were unknown to me before reading this book. I like the journal style format, but would have liked a bit more information in each entry. Large blocks of time passed between each "entry" which affected the flow of the story.
Dolly
Jan 11, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children



interesting quote:

"But I care nothing about riches, except those that exist in nature." (p. 17)
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