CLAUDIA MCGEHEE & JACQUELINE BRIGGS MARTIN
Local Children’s book author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Iowa City illustrator Claudia McGehee will read from Creekfinding: A True Story. Set in the Iowa Driftless region of high bluffs and deep valleys, Creekfinding tells the story of a man who works to uncover and reclaim a "lost" creek that had been filled in and buried under his farm. By looking at old pictures, he locates where the creek ran, and begins to uncover its buried creek bed. With bulldozers and excavators carving the curves and runs, the creek slowly comes to life—with dragonflies, leopard frogs, bluebirds, and herons—and eventually, bright orange brook trout. Creekfinding reminds us all that we can work to make a difference and restore parts of the world that have been lost or degraded, and we can effect positive change in our environment.
Jacqueline Briggs Martin has written more than fifteen picture books including the Caldecott Award–winning Snowflake Bentley, 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, A Woodland Counting Book, and My Wilderness. Most recently, she illustrated North Woods Girl.
A reception in the café will follow.