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Parks for the People: How Frederick Law Olmsted Designed America



by
Elizabeth Partridge
illustrated by
Becca Stadtlander

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Viking
ISBN
9781984835154
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National Book Award finalist Elizabeth Partridge reveals the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park, the United States Capitol building’s landscape, and more.

Nobody could get Frederick Law Olmsted to sit still. He was filled with energy, adventure, and dreams of changing the world. As a boy, he found refuge in the peace and calm of nature, and later as an adult, he dreamed of designing and creating access to parks for a growing and changing America. When New York City held a contest for the best park design for what would become Central Park, Olmsted won and became the father of landscape architecture. He went on to design parks across America, including Yosemite National Park and even the grounds for the United States Capitol.

This scenic biography is lavishly illustrated by Becca Stadtlander, and National Book Award finalist Elizabeth Partridge brings her renowned lyricism and meticulous research to the visionary who brought parks to the people.

Author’s note. Time line, with photograph. Sources, resources, and bibliography. Full-color watercolor and gouache illustrations. 

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Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 9 1/2"

Dewey

B

AR

5.7: points 0.5

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2022

Book Genres

Narrative Nonfiction, Picture Book

Topics

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903). Landscape architects. Biography. National parks and reserves. Nineteenth-century US history. Central Park. New York City. Yellowstone National Park. California. US Capitol. Washington, DC. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-4-Frederick Law Olmstead appreciated nature as a respite from city life from a young age, and he wanted to make a difference in America, but it took time for those two things to converge. Ultimately, he found meaningful work and left a lasting impact by designing "common ground" such as Central Park and Prospect Park in New York, Yosemite in California, and the U.S. Capitol grounds. "Making peaceful, leafy places for everyone" was Olmstead's "way to make a difference to America." However, he moved often and frequently held unrelated jobs, presenting a challenge to picture book biographers; some transitions, such as when Olmstead leaves Washington, D.C., during the Civil War and follows the Gold Rush to California, are jarring. Stadtlander's watercolor and gouache illustrations strike just the right note throughout, showcasing landscapes and townscapes peopled with small figures. Author's note, time line, bibliography, resources. VERDICT Because this is a less-than-cohesive biography of a category-defying personality, this is an additional purchase.-Jenny Arch

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-4-Frederick Law Olmstead appreciated nature as a respite from city life from a young age, and he wanted to make a difference in America, but it took time for those two things to converge. Ultimately, he found meaningful work and left a lasting impact by designing "common ground" such as Central Park and Prospect Park in New York, Yosemite in California, and the U.S. Capitol grounds. "Making peaceful, leafy places for everyone" was Olmstead's "way to make a difference to America." However, he moved often and frequently held unrelated jobs, presenting a challenge to picture book biographers; some transitions, such as when Olmstead leaves Washington, D.C., during the Civil War and follows the Gold Rush to California, are jarring. Stadtlander's watercolor and gouache illustrations strike just the right note throughout, showcasing landscapes and townscapes peopled with small figures. Author's note, time line, bibliography, resources. VERDICT Because this is a less-than-cohesive biography of a category-defying personality, this is an additional purchase.-Jenny Arch

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