The fascinating untold story of Finnish scientist and explorer Pehr Kalm, who in 1750, became the first scientist to visit and study Niagara Falls. Sent by the famous Swedish natural historian Carl Linnaeus to research the New World, Kalm’s task was to collect samples and write descriptions for Linnaeus. His exciting expedition lasted three and a half years, and its impact on the natural sciences was groundbreaking. Kalm described all that he saw: the landscape and geography, colonists’ settlements and customs, Indians and slaves, and of course, many plants and animals. His scientific report on Niagara Falls was the first, and it was published by Benjamin Franklin. Two states have named their state flowers after him, and the Virginia creeper, which he brought back from his travels, now grows all over Finland.
The book’s brilliant illustrations offer an accurate and engaging picture of Kalm’s journey, and the text is enriched by passages from Kalm’s own travel journal. From Finland to Niagara Falls is an illustrated history book for the young and the curious of all ages.
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The Story of a Kite-Flying Contest, the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, and the Underground Railroad
Release date: March 1, 2021
Can a kite change history? Katie and Homan’s did.
When engineers were faced with the challenge of bridging the vast Niagara Gorge, the solution was a kite-flying contest. After Katie and Homan’s kite crosses the gorge and wins the contest, construction begins on the first suspension bridge to connect the United States and Canada. The two friends are there as it becomes an important link on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom.
Even as her parents try to shield her from the ugly existence of slavery and the dangers of the Underground Railroad, Katie discovers that the scary truth is closer to home than she could have imagined.
Kite to Freedom is an action-packed, fictionalized account of actual events that occurred during the construction of the Niagara Falls International Suspension Bridge, which still connects the United States and Canada at Niagara Falls.
Holiday travel plans cancelled? Wander the world from the comfort of home! Or give the world to the person who means the world to you! Nearly 1,000 exquisite photographs in more than 200 full color pages of The Photographing Tourist: A Storyteller’s Guide to Travel and Photography takes readers to Kenya, China, Nepal, India, Tibet, Venice, Greenland, the Galápagos, and beyond! It is no wonder that this extraordinary book has won more than a dozen awards. Even better, every purchase benefits the Innocent Eyes project founded by the late David Noyes, photographer and journalist, to support educational opportunities for children in the developing world.
And then travel back in time, more than 250 years! That was when the great Carl Linnaeus sent his young protégé Pehr Kalm to the New World to search for new species. The Finn became the first scientist to ever see and document Niagara Falls! Benjamin Franklin published his findings bringing worldwide attention to this natural wonder. From Finland to Niagara Falls: Explorer Pehr Kalm in North America 1748-1751 was written in Finnish; City of Light had it translated into English. The original illustrations by Riikka Jäntti are simply delightful. This unique book (with species names in Latin and excerpts from Kalm’s journals and newspapers of the day) is for the young and the curious of all ages.