Thursday, September 05, 2013

Environmental Book Club

Last week's Environmental Book Club post dealt with The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock. It's an account of the famous Teddy Roosevelt/John Muir camping trip.

As luck would have it, PBS is running a series this week, The National Parks: America's Best Idea and who should be mentioned in it but John Muir? The show runs for five nights, and I've only watched a few moments here and there on two of them. I believe Muir was talked about both evenings.

This being PBS, a companion book accompanies the series. Wouldn't it have been terrific if a companion children's book accompanied it as well? Since one doesn't, why not use The Camping Trip That Changed America?

I don't think you need to be concerned if you've missed the first few nights of The National Parks: America's Best Idea. This is one of those Ken Burns' deals, so PBS will probably be rerunning it for the rest of this decade. Plus there's a DVD boxed set that you can ask for for Christmas, which is how a lot of PBS programming has ended up on our shelves.

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