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Creekfinding

A True Story

2017
Author:

Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrations by Claudia McGehee

Creekfinding

An enchanting picture book about restoring a creek, with all the wildlife it once hosted, in a farm field in Iowa. Ages 4-9.

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.

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

Once upon a time a creek burbled up and tumbled across a prairie valley. It was filled with insects and brook trout that ate them, frogs that chirruped and birds watching for bugs and fish. This is a true story about a man named Mike who went looking for that creek long after it was buried under fields of corn. It is the story of how a creek can be brought back to life, and with it a whole world of nature.

In the words of award-winning author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and the enchanting illustrations by Claudia McGehee, this heartening tale of an ecosystem restored in the Driftless Area of northeast Iowa unfolds in a way that will charm and inform young readers who are drawn to a good mystery, the wonders of nature—and, of course, big earth-moving machines.

Creekfinding

Jacqueline Briggs Martin has written more than fifteen picture books including the Caldecott Award–winning Snowflake Bentley and, most recently, Chicken Joy on Redbean Road and Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table.

Claudia McGehee is the illustrator and author of A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet and A Woodland Counting Book. Most recently, she illustrated North Woods Girl.

Creekfinding

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

A heartening picture book that celebrates the thoughtful restoration of a prairie.

Booklist

A delightful picture book.

Cabin Living Magazine

The story springs to life through Martin’s (Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious) buoyant, personified language. McGehee’s (North Woods Girl) vibrant, stylized illustrations show nearly smiling fish, birds, and insects populating their new environment.

Publishers Weekly

Chronicling the true story of one man’s quest to revive a stream rumored to have run through the prairies of Iowa, Jacqueline Briggs Martin relates the trials and triumphs in Creekfinding, a return to nature that proves that ‘a creek isn’t just water.’

Foreword Reviews

Eloquent narrative nonfiction to inspire the future caretakers of our planet.

School Library Journal

Creekfinding is a beautiful rendering of this inspiring true story of environmentalism in action.

Little Village

Creekfinding will have young readers thinking how they can find and support their own wilderness in the places they live.

Children’s Compass Chronicle

A great book to share with curious children.

Kids and Eggs

A lovely and inspiring new children’s book.

The Gazette