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Spring After Spring; How Rachel Carson INSPIRED the Environmental Movement

Written & Illustrated by: Stephanie Roth Sisson

For ages: 4-8 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: Historical Figures, Women in STEM, Activism, Environmental Activism, Trailblazers, Bravery, Courage.

Summary: Rachel is a little girl that LOVES nature.  She loves walking through the woods and listening to all of the sounds that animals create around her.  Birds, frogs, bats, and bugs!  Rachel explores the world around her from every angle, staring at the sky and through a magnifying glass at the earth below her feet.  She draws pictures and dreams of the ocean.  Rachel’s favorite time of year is spring, when the animal sounds are most plentiful!  When Rachel went to college, she was convinced she would be a writer, until she looked through a microscope.  Rachel was blown away by the tiny life contained in a single drop of ocean water, and from then on she was hooked.  Despite never having been to the ocean, Rachel wanted to learn as much as she could, and began to study biology.  She became a scientist gathered information about the ocean, it was her job to swim around underwater and learn!  Rachel also began to write books about the creatures that lived in the sea, and became very well-known.  Around this time, Rachel also began to notice that nature’s voice was going quiet.  Now Rachel had a new task, she wanted to figure out what was happening to the animals that used to be so loud and numerous.

Rachel began to learn about all of the ways scientists were using chemicals to kill bothersome insects, in attempts to help farmers have better crop yields.  These chemicals seemed to be safe, but no one really knew for sure.  Rachel started doing research, and found out that these chemicals were NOT safe, and harmed forest life.  Rachel wrote a book entitled Silent Spring to let everyone know the dangers of using these chemicals.  The book caused a huge stir and Rachel was even invited to speak with President Kennedy about her book!  She was scared, but she did it anyway, just like all those years ago when she began going underwater for her job.  Rachel was incredibly brave, and used this bravery to help let people know the dangers of putting chemicals into the environment.  Because of Rachel’s testimony, some of the most harmful chemicals were banned, and animals began to return to the forest!

This book is a fabulous introduction to environmentalism, and a famous scientist!  It repeatedly introduces bravery, and how bravery doesn’t mean a person isn’t scared when they do something.  In the back there’s an Author’s Note, notes about specific pages with more detailed information, as well as sources for more information.  Would definitely recommend to any group or classroom learning about nature or science!

Reflection Questions:

  • Have you ever listened to the sounds of nature in the forest before?
  • What is something brave that you have done before, just like when Rachel went underwater even though she was scared?
  • What would you like to do when you get older?
  • Do you think it’s important to protect animals and natural habitats like Rachel?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Make your own coffee-can “microscopes” and see what you can find in a nearby pond or puddle.  Draw your view!
  • If you live near a town forest or woods, try taking a quiet nature walk once or twice every season and make notes about what you hear and see.  Compare the notes of different seasons together and see if you can figure out which animals migrate and which ones hibernate!
  • Learn more about what you can do in your community to help nature throughout the year.  It might be making bird feeders to hang up, picking up litter on the bike path, or making sure that signs where animals cross the road frequently are visible from the road.

About the Author & the Illustrator:

A1lskN991IL._UX250_Stephanie Roth Sisson has been a traveler her whole life and these journeys have been physical (actually going places) and imaginative (through wonder and books) .  Both are just as real. Her website is mostly photographs, which bring her adventures to life!

Lights! Camera! Alice! The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker

Written by: Mara Rockliff

Illustrated by: Simona Ciraolo

For ages: 5-9 years

Language: English, very minor French.

Topics Covered: Historical Figures, Women in Film, Trailblazers, Women Artists.  

Summary: A little girl named Alice loved stories more than anything.  She listened to those around her, and the tales they told her throughout the day.  She read book after book, as many as she could get her hands on.  Terribly, one day, her father’s bookstore got caught in an earthquake, followed by a fire, and then looted by robbers.  Lastly, most terrible of all, her father died.  Alice’s family had no money, so she learned to use a typewriter and set out to find a job to help her family.  When she applied for a job at a camera company, she surprisingly was accepted despite being very young!

One day Alice went with her boss to see a new type of camera, one with a crank that could make the pictures move-they could be played over and over again!  This was a HUGE success, and Alice’s job began selling the cameras.  Alice loved the moving picture cameras, but thought they could be used more creatively than just filming everyday happenings like trains.  What if they could film a story?  Alice began to film short movies, and at first they were just used to demonstrate what the new moving picture camera was capable of.  But eventually, people just wanted to see the films that Alice was creating, they would even offer to pay for them!  Alice began to experiment with playing films backwards, painting the film reel to make it colorful, and experiment with stop-motion animation.  Theatre’s showed her movies, and she was very excited to introduce sound and speaking to these films as well!  She was unstoppable, and moved to America with a young cameraman that she was in love with.

In America, she was confused.  People thought someone named Thomas Edison had invented moving pictures, and Americans had never heard of her!  Americans went to see movies that didn’t even have sounds or color!  Alice got to work, even bringing her baby on movie sets.  She would make very exciting movies with animals, explosives, and rats that rescued leading characters!  Americans began to love her movies.  Until Hollywood took over, and could make fancier movies than Alice.  Even her husband left her for Hollywood, and crowds watching her movies dwindled.  She and her children decided to move back to France, and she wrote a memoir.

This is a hefty book, with many pages.  The words aren’t overwhelming, and the pictures are beautiful.  The story is very detailed, and covers Alice’s life incredibly well.  The “Director’s Cut” in the back of the book provides more historical context about Alice, including that she produced over 700 movies herself, even before her studio went on to produce hundreds more.  She is truly the “Mother of Movies”!

Reflection Questions:

  • Did you know that movies used to not have sound?  Would you like movies as much if they were silent?
  • What is something you really liked about Alice’s story?
  • How would you like to spend your time when you’re grown up, does making movies sound like a fun job?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Learn more about different styles of movie-making.  Animation, stop-motion, silent, the world is your oyster!  Try and experiment with a digital camera, or some other recording device.
  • When Alice moved to America, she was surprised no one had heard of her.  Why do you think that is?  Who are some other trailblazer women that you can learn about, whose stories have been erased from the history books?

About the Author & the Illustrator:

Mara_Rockliff_020715Mara Rockliff has ridden an elephant, swallowed fried grasshoppers, lived on a commune, flown a hang-glider (and crashed), picked coffee beans and fed them to a monkey, peered into a live volcano, watched her toddler soar around a big top in the arms of a Mexican trapeze artist dressed as Spiderman, swum through a pitch-black cave to a tiny and perfect hidden beach, milked goats, skied in the Alps (and crashed), hiked up a glacier and alarmed a moose, torn down a barn, gone to a “sit-up” (a Jamaican wake), hung out with Cambodian monks, pedaled across the Blue Ridge Mountains in a homemade superhero cape, driven a hundred-year-old car (and DIDN’T crash!), woven lots of hammocks, snaked a drain, gazed upon The Garden of Earthly Delights, and danced till dawn. Mostly, though, she spends a lot of time at the computer. In pajamas.

Prairie in MoroccoSimona Ciraolo is a children’s book author. She grew up in Italy and got a degree in animation at the National Film School. She moved to England shortly afterwards and  worked in advertising and feature films. Simona is currently based in London and just completed an MA in Children’s Book Illustration in Cambridge.

El Chino

Written & Illustrated by: Allen Say

For ages: 4-9 years

Language: English, minor Spanish. 

Topics Covered: Chinese Culture, Spanish Culture, Self-Acceptance, Family, Trailblazer, Historical Figure, Bullfighting.  

Summary: This book is written in first person, and begins by describing a boy named Billy’s family.  His parents came from China to Arizona, and had six children.  Billy’s father always told his children they could be whatever they wanted in America, so Billy and his siblings all studied something different.  Billy really wanted to be a professional basketball player, but he was too short.  His siblings teased him for being so small, so he studied engineering in college.  Billy got a job as a highway engineer, but still dreamed of his days playing basketball.  For his first vacation, Billy took a trip to Europe.  In Spain, Billy saw his first bullfight (death of bull mentioned here).  He becomes enamored with the sport, especially the fact that the bullfighter was even shorter than him!  The next day, he got a room in a boarding house and asked the landlady where the nearest bullfighting school was.  Billy’s new landlady tells him only true Spaniards can be matadors, but he is not deterred.  Billy sends a telegram to his mother, saying he’s not coming home.  He joins a matador school, and is a good athlete but judged for not being Spanish.  Billy and his classmates try to get hired by bull ranchers in the spring, but he has no luck.  No one will hire him because he is Chinese, and Billy feels hopeless.  Billy has an epiphany that of course he’s not Spanish, he’s Chinese.  Billy realizes that in order to truly embrace this new lifestyle, he must embrace his heritage. He buys some traditional Chinese clothing, and feeling strong, goes to look for matador work again.  Suddenly, Billy is getting attention everywhere!  People start calling him El Chino, and he finally gets a chance to face a live bull.  Scared, Billy begins to fight the bull.  He makes the bull charge three times, and then walks away with his back to the bull like he had seen real matadors do.  Billy passed the test, and the next morning gets hired as a matador!  El Chino becomes the first Chinese matador ever, and is finally glad that he wasn’t born any taller.

This book is a fairly quick read, although on one page it does mention that the bull dies during the first bullfight that Billy sees.  Overall, it goes through the process of becoming a matador and the appreciation of Chinese heritage that Billy goes through in order to realize his true role within the matador community.  A short and easy to read biography about relatively unknown figure in both Chinese and Spanish history!

Reflection Questions:

  • How do you think Billy feels when he isn’t able to achieve his dream of playing basketball in college?
  • What is something you have really wanted to do that turned out to be disappointing when it didn’t happen the way you anticipated?
  • How do you think Billy felt when he finally embraced his Chinese heritage in conjunction with his dreams to become a matador?
  • What is a dream that you have?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Bullfighting has changed a lot over the years.  Learn about different practices, and what is different between older and modern bullfighting.
  • El Chino was the first Chinese bullfighter, but who were some other famous non-Spanish matadors?  Is bullfighting more diverse now than it was years ago?
  • Matadors are known for their fancy outfits.  Design your own matador outfit!

About the Author & Illustrator:

Allen_Say_at_16th_international_literature_festival_berlin_on_September_12,_2016Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. His father, a Korean orphan raised by a British family in Shanghai, and his mother, a Japanese American born in Oakland, California, divorced when Say was eight. The family separated, Say living unhappily with his father and his sister living with their mother. When Allen was twelve, he was enrolled in Aoyama Gakuin in Tokyo and sent to live with his maternal grandmother. Since his relationship with his grandmother was no better than that with his father, the two negotiated an agreement that Say would live by himself in an apartment closer to the school. During this time, Say apprenticed himself to Noro Shinpei, a cartoonist whom he greatly admired. This period marked the beginning of his serious training in the arts and was to prove pivotal in Say’s life, as documented in his words in The Ink-Keeper’s Apprentice.

Little People, BIG DREAMS Georgia O’Keeffe

Written by: Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Illustrated by: Erica Salcedo

For Ages: 4-10 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: Historical Figures, Historical Events, Women Artists, Trailblazers, Self-Expression.

Summary: Georgia grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, and loved nature.  She loved looking at the world around her, and painting!  She started taking art classes and moved to Chicago and New York to continue studying art when she was an adult.  Georgia noticed that other people seemed to ignore the small beautiful parts of nature all around them, so she decided to paint those parts giant, up close, and brightly colored!  She visited New Mexico and loved everything there, painting all sorts of objects she saw in the desert.  Georgia became well-known and was even named the “Mother of American Modernism”!

This book is perfect for an introduction to famous figures for children.  In the back is a timeline of Georgia’s life, and more information along with some photos of her.  This book series does a fantastic job of introducing trailblazing women to children, specifically young girls!  Written in a way that is great for a story time with young children, and easy to read for elementary aged students.

Reflection Questions:

  • Who is your favorite artist?
  • What do you like about their art?
  • Have you ever been to an art museum before?  Maybe you’ve seen some of Georgia’s paintings!
  • Do you like to make art?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Look at some of Georgia’s paintings.  What do you notice about them?  Can you tell what they’re up close paintings of?
  • Take a trip to an art museum, or find one that does a virtual tour if you’re unable to go in person.  What types of art do they have there, and do you see anything that catches you eye the way nature caught Georgia’s?  Look at several virtual tours from different museums around the world, and become inspired to make your own art!
  • Explore different mediums of art.  Some artists paint, some sculpt, and some take photographs.  Try several and see if you fall in love with a particular style!

About the Author & the Illustrator:

maria-isabel-sanchez-vegaraMª Isabel Sanchez Vegara was born in Barcelona, Spain, and she is a writer and creative director perhaps best known as the author of much of the Little People, Big Dreams series. Six years ago, she decided to self-publish a book that had been in her mind for a long time. One day, one thousand copies of arrived at her home – she had no idea what she was going to do with them! She opened a little online shop, placed them to some pretty stores in her neighborhood and, one by one, she sold them all. Soon, publishing houses started to approach her to write books, but she was working on another idea of her own: a series about little people with BIG dreams. Each book tells the childhood story of one of the world’s female icons in an entertaining, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, allowing them to identify with the characters in each story.


Erica Salcedo is a freelance illustrator living in the peaceful town of Cuenca (Spain) where she was born in 1983. After studying Fine Arts in Castilla-La Mancha University, she specialized in graphic design and Illustration, doing a masters degree at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Her work is focused on children’s illustration. Her illustrations are inspired by her everyday life, and her imagination does the rest. Her style is a mixture of hand drawing with digital techniques, simply executed with a pinch of humor. She loves drawing (obviously), traveling, animals, drinking tea every day, eating sweets, and not taking life too seriously. But especially, she loves to work in diverse and creative projects. Since she started her illustration career, she has had the pleasure to work with a lot of great clients, creating picture books, illustrating young novel books, designing greeting cards, illustrations for stationary, making comic or educational books among others.

Trailblazer: The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson

Written by: Leda Schubert

Illustrated by: Theodore Taylor III

For Ages: 6-9 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: Trailblazer, POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Figures, Acceptance, Courage, Perseverance.

Summary: This book follows the story of Raven Wilkinson, the first black ballerina to tour with a major American touring troupe.  Raven became fascinated with ballet when she was young, and was gifted lessons at the age of 9.  While attending Columbia University, Raven auditioned several times for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and finally was accepted on her third attempt in 1955.  This company toured for several months at a time by bus.  Raven began touring shortly after the Brown v. the Board of Education ruling that desegregated schools in 1954, and met some resistance from those who felt performance stages should not feature events with both black and white dancers sharing the stage.  In some states, it was even illegal.  In these places, Raven would sometimes lighten her skin with makeup before going onstage.  Raven was courageous and persevered, never denying who she was even when it came to getting kicked out of a hotel or having people rush the stage in Alabama.  During that same tour, Raven and the other dancers were in the hotel dining room when she noticed Klan robes in a booth.  She chose not to perform that evening and instead stayed in her hotel watching a cross burning in the night.  In 1962, Raven left Ballet Russe and joined a convent for 7 months until she was offered a spot in the Dutch National Ballet in Holland.  Raven lived there for 7 years and even danced for Queen Juliana of the Netherlands!  When Raven returned to the USA, she danced until she was 50 with the New York City Opera in 1985, and acted until 2011 when the opera closed.  In 2015, Misty Copeland became the first African American principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater.  Raven was at Misty’s performance of playing both Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, even joined her onstage at the end of the performance!

This book is a fantastic story of a little-known American hero.  It covers our country’s racism during this time in an age-appropriate manner, and shows that it can be overcome with determination without compromising personal values.  This book is important for students learning about our country’s history, as well as any aspiring dancer!

Reflection Questions:

  • Dancing made Raven happier than anything else.  What makes you happier than anything else?
  • How do you think Raven felt when people judged her on her skin color?
  • Sometimes courage is needed to do something scary or new.  When is a time that you showed courage?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • There isn’t always easy access or representation in some lines of work.  What is something that you might like to do, but don’t see someone that looks like you doing it?  Science, dance, teaching, anybody can do anything!  Research some famous figures doing a job that interests you, and find the diversity within.
  • Brainstorm as a class ways you can make everyone feel included and valued in your classroom.  Every person is both the same and different than other people, but every individual is important.  Make sure when newcomers join your class, they know it is a safe space that values everyone’s interests and personal identities.

About the Author & the Illustrator:

leda schubertLeda Schubert was the school library consultant for the Vermont Department of Education, and she has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She is the author of Monsieur Marceau, Feeding the Sheep, Ballet of the Elephants, and other books.


theodore taylor IIITheodore Taylor III is an illustrator living in Richmond, VA with his wife Sarah and son Theo. He works as a front-end web developer by day and illustrates children’s books by night. He studied Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University where he honed his skills in drawing, design and photography. His work is inspired by his love for music, comics, animation, video games, street art and more. He is also a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur. In 2014 he received the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Award for his work in When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop. The book also won the Texas Bluebonnet Award. He also recently illustrated three books for Shaquille O’Neal and Trailblazer: The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson. You can contact him via email at trtaylor3@gmail.com!




Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code; A Navajo Code Talker’s Story

Written by: Joseph Bruchac

Illustrated by: Liz Amini-Holmes

For ages: 8 and up

Language: English & Navajo

Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Historical Figures, Historical Events, Culture & Traditions. 

Summary: Once a Navajo boy named Betoli had to go to Fort Defiance boarding school, and was given the name Chester.  He was not allowed to speak Navajo, and his long hair got cut off.  Chester was very lonely, and longed for his traditional Navajo lifestyle that was banned at Fort Defiance.  He enjoyed learning, but did not agree that the Navajo language was worthless, and promised himself that he would never lose ties with his cultural heritage.  When Chester was in tenth grade, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Considering himself a brave Navajo warrior, he vowed to fight for his land.  One day, Marines came to Chester’s reservation and asked for people who could speak both Navajo and English.  The Japanese were too good at breaking the secret codes the US tried to use, and they wanted to try using Navajo because it is an incredibly complicated language.  Chester became proud that he never stopped believing in his first language, and signed up for the military.   32 Navajo men were chosen to build these codes for the military, and Chester loved it.  Then came the time to test the code in battle, and it worked!  Chester worked very hard, despite seeing terrible things during combat.  He prayed in Navajo everyday and used traditional medicines to keep himself healthy.  When he returned home, he was depressed and tired from seeing so much death and violence.  Chester also could not tell anyone about the secret Navajo codes.  His family could sense he needed help, and performed a traditional Enemy Way ceremony for him to help ease his troubled mind.  This ceremony was also done for children returning from boarding school, and Chester had been through the ceremony before.  The ceremony helped Chester, and he began to feel better.  The Navajo code talkers were instrumental in winning WWII, and Chester was proud of his heritage and ability to merge into the white world.

This is a great book about something not talked about enough.  It gently explains war without glossing over too much, and provides fantastic historical context about how Indigenous people have been treated by the government.  After the story there is an Author’s Note about the life of Chester Nez, as well as a portion of Navajo code with phonetic pronunciations and a timeline of events.

Reflection Questions:

  • Why do you think Chester had to go to boarding school?
  • How would you feel if someone told you the language you loved to speak was worthless?
  • Why do you think it was important to Chester to not forget his Navajo culture, even though he was urged to?
  • How do you think Chester felt when he was able to help so many people with something that he cared so much about?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Learn more about another of the original Navajo code talkers.  What did they do after they finished helping make the codes?  Are any still alive today? Watch videos of them giving interviews, or speaking in their codes!
  • Make your own secret code, and share it with a friend or classmate.  Write each other notes using your code, and see how well you can communicate with each other!
  • Learn more about how Indigenous people have helped the government.  The government and other individuals have not always been very nice to the native people living in North America.  Despite this, tribes have helped the government with the Navajo codes.  See what else you can find about different tribes.

About the Author & the Illustrator:

joseph bruchac
Photo by Eric Jenks


For over thirty years Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Native American heritage and traditions. He is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. The best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his “Keepers” series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country.



lizBorn and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Liz Amini-Holmes wanted be an archeologist, a paranormal researcher, an astronaut but most of all she wanted to be a detective with Scotland Yard. However, she decided working as an artist was way more fun than any of those jobs and required a lot less math. She has a BFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University and University of San Francisco. She is an award winning aritst and her work ranges from poster design, book illustration, editorial illustration, to apparel design, art direction, advertising, merchandising, and multimedia. She’s proficient in multiple forms of traditional media as well as digital tools.

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Written by: Robbie Robertson

Illustrated by: David Shannon

For Ages: 4-8 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Historical Figures, First Nations People, Culture.

Summary: This hefty book catalogues the story of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker as they attempt to unite the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) tribes many years ago in the 14th century.  Hiawatha is a Mohawk man who lost his family and entire village when another tribe attacked-led by Chief Tododaho.  Distressed and enraged, Hiawatha sinks into a depression.  One morning, a mysterious figure in a blinding white carved stone canoe paddle up to the shore near Hiawatha with a message.  This figure has a pronounced speech impediment and wants well-spoken Hiawatha to accompany him to each of the other Iroquois tribes to unite them in hopes of defeating Chief Tododaho.  Hiawatha and the Peacemaker visit the Cayuga, Seneca, Oneida, and Mohawk councils to gather allies before confronting Tododaho.  When they reach Tododaho, they find a twisted and miserable beast.  The Peacemaker quickly realizes he is being consumed by evil within and tells Hiawatha how to fix Tododaho a medicine to heal him and expel the evil.  Hiawatha fixes him medicine and the evil is expelled.  As a symbol of peace between nations, the warriors from so many tribes buried their weapons underneath a white pine.

This book has stunning illustrations as well as historical notes in the back of the book.  The retelling of this important story takes place before Europeans were in North America.  In the back of the book, there is also a CD as well as an author’s note about the first time Robbie Robertson experienced a First Nations elder tell a story.  That story was of the Peacemaker and his disciple Hiawatha.

Reflection Questions:

  • How can you resolve conflicts peacefully, like Hiawatha and the Peacemaker?
  • Do you think Hiawatha did the right thing in helping Chief Tododaho get better?
  • When is a time that someone told you a story that changed your life, like the author had at the reservation longhouse with his family.

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Learn about other peaceful activists like Hiawatha.  What is something they all have in common?  Why is it important to resolve situations with peaceful solutions instead of violence?
  • Consider making a monument to peace in your community or on school grounds.  What message would you like it to portray?  Come together as a classroom, school, or community and make your plan for a symbol of peaceful activism.

About the Author & the Illustrator:

robbie robertsonBorn of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, musical icon Robbie Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Now he shares the same gift of storytelling with a new generation. Robertson is a Canadian musician, songwriter, film composer, producer, actor, and author. His career spans six decades. He is best known for his work as lead guitarist and primary songwriter for the Band, and for his career as a solo recording artist. His work with the Band was instrumental in creating the Americana music genre. Robertson has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Band, and has been inducted to Canada’s Walk of Fame, both with the Band and on his own. He is ranked 59th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists. As a film soundtrack producer and composer, Robertson is known for his collaborations with director Martin Scorsese, which began with the rockumentary film The Last Waltz (1978), and continued through a number of dramatic films, including Raging Bull (1980) and Casino (1995). He has worked on many other soundtracks for film and television.

david shannon

Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator David Shannon brings the journey of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker to life with arresting oil paintings. Together, Robertson and Shannon have crafted a new children’s classic that will both educate and inspire readers of all ages.