Rosenstock, B. (2012). The camping trip that changed America, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.
Barb Rosenstock’s The Camping Trip That Changed America chronicles the intersecting lives of Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir as well as their camping trip that really did change America. Theodore Roosevelt was a former president of the United States, and John Muir was a well-known naturalist and wildlife protector; it was their shared passion for the outdoors that brought them together and changed the face of federal wildlife protection forever. After camping together in America’s great outdoors, the former president was inspired to urge Congress to create national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and national forests. Together, writer Barb Rosenstock and illustrator Mordicai Gerstein allow the reader to accompany the president and the famous naturalist on their exhilarating adventure. The stories and breath-taking illustrations of their trip will not only inform the reader about the history of wildlife conservation in the United States, but it will undoubtedly bestow on them an appreciation for America’s beautiful natural landscape. Barb Rosenstock’s The Camping Trip That Changed America proves that studying history can be an informative and exciting experience.