Creekfinding: A True Story (Hardcover)

A True Story

By Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Claudia McGehee (Illustrator)

University of Minnesota Press, 9780816698028, 36pp.

Publication Date: March 7, 2017



Once upon a time a creek burbled up and tumbled across a prairie valley. It was filled with insects and brook trout that ate them, frogs that chirruped and birds watching for bugs and fish. This is a true story about a man named Mike who went looking for that creek long after it was buried under fields of corn. It is the story of how a creek can be brought back to life, and with it a whole world of nature.

In the words of award-winning author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and the enchanting illustrations by Claudia McGehee, this heartening tale of an ecosystem restored in the Driftless Area of northeast Iowa unfolds in a way that will charm and inform young readers who are drawn to a good mystery, the wonders of nature--and, of course, big earth-moving machines.

About the Author

Jacqueline Briggs Martin has written more than fifteen picture books including the Caldecott Award-winning Snowflake Bentley and, most recently, 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 and A Woodland Counting Book. Most recently, she illustrated North Woods Girl.