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Two New Badger Biographies


A composite of the covers for the new Badger Biographies for young readers, "Frank Lloyd Wright and His New Architecture" and "Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth"

Two new Badger Biographies for young readers pay homage to a pair of Wisconsin's most famous native sons: legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and politician and environmental giant Gaylord Nelson. This series of nonfiction books aims to help fourth-graders (ages 9 to 10) explore the stories of real Wisconsin people. The biographies feature famous and not-so-famous people who made a difference. The books include illustrations, maps and a glossary of terms.

Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth

Earth Day creator Gaylord Nelson comes to vivid life in Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth by Sheila Terman Cohen. Born in Clear Lake in 1916, Nelson grew up as immersed in his parents' political work and community service as he was in exploring the natural world surrounding his hometown. Along the way he encountered experiences that would shape him in fundamental ways: as a man who stood up for what he believed in the face of opposition and yet who also understood how to treat his opponents with respect. Both traits would serve him well as he rose from law student to state senator to Wisconsin governor and finally to three terms as a United States Senator.

Nelson's greatest contribution was to sound the alarm about the fight to save the natural world around us. Thanks to him, improved environmental awareness helped conserve more natural resources, and new laws demanded clean air and water. Now, every year on April 22, people all over the world plant trees and pick up litter to celebrate Earth Day.

Frank Lloyd Wright and His New American Architecture

From boyhood adventures to the creation of visionary buildings like the Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright and His New American Architecture by Bob Kann chronicles the vibrant life of one of the world's most famous architects. The book explores pivotal events that shaped Wright's life and shows, in turn, how Wright shaped the world of building and design.

Early influences nurtured Wright's love of architecture — from paintings of European cathedrals that hung in his childhood room to Froebel Gifts building blocks, which he crafted into crude structures, to long walks near the Wisconsin River, where his mother pointed out patterns and colors in nature.

Wright's prolific career spanned more than 70 years, and he created more than 1,100 designs. Learn about Wright's Oak Park home, known to locals as "the house with a tree growing through it"; the Robie House, which is shaped like a battleship; and Fallingwater, which is built on a waterfall. Learn how Wright successfully built the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to withstand earthquakes, and how the Johnson Wax Building and Guggenheim Museum set new standards in institutional architecture.

The Society extends its thanks to Mrs. Harvey Vick of Milwaukee for supporting these and other books in the Badger Biographies series.

:: Posted January 11, 2010

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