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June 30, 2014

Dear Mr. Lourie,

I was very impressed by your writing style while previewing your book titled Mississippi River for our boys to read. It was full of facts tucked inside the adventure and written in a style that made you feel like you had actually been a part of the trip. One could almost touch, taste and feel the waters of the Mississippi and the history behinds it's making. As a home school mom I look for engaging stories that help my children want to explore, research, and express there interests through good writing and scientific discovery (journaling).

Gratefully,
Mrs. Davis



 

Pub Date March 2017

Jack London & the Klondike Gold Rush

Swept up in the Gold Rush of 1897, young Jack London headed north to strike it rich in the Klondike and discovered something more precious than gold—the seeds of the stories that would flower into his classic novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, and timeless short stories such as "To Build A Fire." This gripping tale follows London as he treks up the ruthless Chilkoot Trail, braves the lethal Whitehorse Rapids, survives a bad case of scurvy, and conquers many more dangers of the Yukon during his quest for gold. Punctuated by stunning black-and-white art by Wendell Minor and illustrative photographic material, here is the compelling story of how one writer drew upon a rugged life of adventure to create works of literature.

 

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The Polar Bear Scientists

Follow scientists as they scan the Alaskan wilderness for these magnificent creatures. It is springtime on the North Slope of Alaska, and the U.S. Geological Survey team—the polar bear biologists Kristin Simac and Mike Lockhart—is gearing up for polar bear capturing. During a capture, all information is collected on the sea ice. The scientists locate bears from a helicopter, tranquilize them, give them tattoo ID numbers and tags, and collect data such as height, weight, and body fat measurements and samples such as blood, hair, feces, and even teeth. All this information goes into a large database studied by scientists such as Drs. Steven Amstrup and George Durner, the former and current leaders of the Polar Bear Research Project. For more than forty years, scientists have been capturing bears in order to get information. What has this information been telling scientists about polar bears and global warming?

   

The Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species

In The Manatee Scientists, John Reynolds does an aerial count of manatees from the Florida sky; Lucy Keith spends a weekend rescuing manatees trapped in a dam in Senegal; and Fernando Rosas takes the author on an Amazonian boat trip, looking for a young manatee he released back into the wild, with emotional results. These scientists are working hard to save manatees: docile, large sea mammals who are eaten in some parts of the world, feared in others, and adored in still others. But factors such as human encroachment, disease, environmental hazards, and being hunted are causing their numbers to decline: they are an endangered species, in need of help

Professional Development:

Authors Dave Somoza and Pete Lourie Talk to Teachers

 

From Allison's Book Bag Blog

I first heard of the authors, and Writing to Explore, at Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival. Below are my notes from their presentation on how students can discover passion in research. Over the next few days, I’ll also review a few of Louries adventure books. Save the dates: October 28-30!

Writing To Explore: Discovering Adventure in the Research Paper

There are few things students dread more than the research paper. And there are few things teachers dread more than reading them. Too often these papers are simply regurgitated encyclopedia entries. After reviewing many dry research papers, fifth-grade teacher David Somoza began to experiment with an adventure writing model, based on the books written by Peter Lourie. Adventure writing integrates nonfiction and fiction and motivates students to write with imagination, curiosity, and a hunger to learn everything about their topic.

Now, in Writing to Explore, David and Peter demonstrate how you too can teach adventure writing. The book starts with a solid foundation in the basics of good writing: setting descriptions, writing atmosphere, and character development. The authors then explore the specific elements of adventure writing—from setting the stage to conducting research; from combining history and geography to effectively utilizing technology. The result is an adventure-based paper that is “rooted in real places, supported by facts, and developed with detailed description of images from real locations.” As the authors show throughout the book, this model is more relevant and rewarding for student and teacher alike because the end product combines interesting research and imaginative writing.

Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist

Not all scientists live where they work, harvest their own subjects, or use information passed down from generation after generation of Inupiaq Eskimos to help learn about the bowhead whale. Arctic whale scientist Craig George is the son of children’s author Jean Craighead George, and out on the ice with the whales and the whalers in Barrow, Alaska is where this Arctic whale scientist works. He has studied them for nearly thirty years and the mysteries these creatures hold never fail to amaze him. Join Craig at the top of the world, where the days and nights are long, the people full of stories, and the bowhead whale is at the center of it all.

On the Texas Trail of Cabeza de Vaca

In 1527, the conquistador Cabeza de Vaca set sail for the Spanish territory of “La Florida.” His aim was to explore and colonize an unknown land that stretched from present-day Florida to Texas. The mission met with disaster. In an attempt to sail back to Cuba, de Vaca and his crew crashed near the shores of Galveston Island. From there de Vaca embarked on one of the greatest adventures in history.

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Arctic Thaw: The People of the Whale in a Changing Climate

For thousands of years, Iñupiaq Eskimos have hunted bowhead whales from the sea ice. Now this hunting platform is becoming thinner and more dangerous.  The Iñupiaq Eskimos live in a warming land-the North Slope of Alaska. As global climate change continues to heat up the Arctic, the Iñupiaq culture faces an uncertain future.

Hidden World of the AZTEC

In 1521 the world of the Aztec came to a sudden and brutal end.  Hernan Cortes, the Spanish cr, captured Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztecs, which signaled the end of their civilization. Evidence of what Aztec civilization was like continues to emerge from under the streets of the Mexican capital...

Lost Treasure of the INCA
The Inca crafted many of the world's most beautiful objects, including golden masks, plates, vases and jewelry. Most of that treasure has been lost to history, plundered by the conquistadors. But does more treasure exist. Tons of golden objects may be buried in the mountains of Ecuador...

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The Mystery of the MAYA
The ancient Maya created one of the greatest civilizations of the New World. They built more than fifty powerful city-states during the Classic period, which lasted for six hundred years. Then, around A.D. 900, the Maya mysteriously abandoned their cities and temples...

First Dive To Shark Dive

Peter Lourie and his 12-year-old daughter Suzanna flew to the wild island of Andros in the Bahamas for a Caribbean adventure.  Suzanna wanted to learn how to scuba dive so she could dive with sharks.  Join Suzanna as she leaves the pool to enter a mysterious inland "blue hole," sees her first barracuda, swims with parrot fish, and dives with sharks.

The Lost World of the Anasazi
More than one thousand years ago, a people known as the Anasazi lived in the North American Southwest. They produced pottery, baskets, and cloth, and engaged in trade. They were master builders and erected magnificent structures. Then in the last half of the thirteenth century, something mysterious happened...

Tierra del Fuego: A Journey to the End of the Earth
Peter Lourie takes young readers on a journey to the tip of South America, where the Yámana and other Patagonian tribes for thousand of years fished the waters and hunted in the mysterious forests. Tierra del Fuego is indeed the land mystery at the end of the earth...

Amazon
Journey through the heart of the Amazon with Peter Lourie and Marcos Santilli and view the traditional life of the indians and the rubber tappers; visit the colonists and gold miners; ride the Devil's Railroad and witness the controversial burning of the jungle...
On the Trail of Lewis and Clark: A Journey up the Missouri River
Peter Lourie, along with three friends, follows Lewis and Clark's path up the Missouri River to see what the Corps of Discovery might have seen. Their journey takes them from Omaha, Nebraska, where they launch their boat during one of the worst floods in a century, to Three Forks, Montana, where they meet the headwaters of the Missouri River...
Erie Canal Canoeing America's Great Waterway
The Erie Canal was the first great technological achievement of the United States. From 1817 to 1825, thousands dug, axed, and blasted through the wilderness to create a 363-mile waterway stretching from Lake Erie to the Hudson River.They succeeded in doing what many thought could not be done...
Everglades Buffalo Tiger and the River of Grass
The Florida Everglades is a huge river of razor-sharp sawgrass that flows one hundred miles from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico. With its stark beauty and abundance of birds and other wildlife, the Everglades is one of the world's ecological treasures...

Hudson River An Adventure from the Mountains to the Sea
Born as a mountain brook, the Hudson River courses through dangerous rapids and waterfalls in a dramatic plunge of 4,000 feet. Then remarkably, the river slows and widens, becoming over the next 154 miles a massive arm of the sea, with saltwater and powerful tides...

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Mississippi River A Journey Down the Father of Waters
The Mississippi River derives its name from Misizubi, an Algonquian word that means "Big River." The Mississippi is indeed big, both in its geography and history. From its modest source at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota, the Mississippi runs ...
Rio Grande From the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico
The Spanish called it the Rio Grande, the "Great River." After the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers, the Rio Grande is the third longest river in the United States. In its 1,885-mile course to the sea and in the history that has unfolded on its banks...
On the Trail of SACAGAWEA
In 1804 Lewis and Clark and a small band of adventurers calling themselves the Corps of Discovery set off on a great journey into the unknown. They left the Mississippi to travel up the Missouri River and over the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean...
Yukon River An Adventure to the Gold Fields of the Klondike
Take an exciting 460-mile canoe trip down the Yukon River to the gold fields of the Klondike. From Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory, onwards to the Arctic Circle, the rugged route of the gold rush comes alive in words and photographs.

The Lost Treasure of Captain Kidd
Tales of pirates' treasure are real to Killian and his friend Alex, who set off on a hunt for gold doubloons buried by Captain Kidd, the notorious pirate who stashed his loot in the Hudson Highlands. Spurred on by Killian's recurring dream of the ghostly pirate...

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River of Mountains A Canoe Journey down the Hudson
River of Mountains is the journal of Lourie's three-week trip down the entire 315-mile length of the Hudson River from the river's source in the Adirondack Mountains to the sea. The book combines his personal experiences with descriptions of the landscape...

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Sweat of the sun, Tears of the Moon A Chronicle of an Incan Treasure
Eight Billion dollars' worth of Inca gold and silver are rumored to be hidden in an unmapped region of the Andes. This is the captivating story of that fabled treasure and the centuries-old spell it has cast on many, including a young American Student, Peter Lourie...

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