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Nature's Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story

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Is this book about a real woman in STEAM?

The art and writing of Gwen Frostic are well known in her home state of Michigan and around the world, but this picture book biography tells the story behind Gwen's famous work. After a debilitating illness as a child, Gwen sought solace in art and nature. She learned to be persistent and independent--never taking no for an answer or letting her disabilities define her. After creating artwork for famous Detroiters and for display at the World's Fair and helping to build WWII bombers, Gwen moved her printmaking business to northern Michigan. She dedicated her work and her life to reminding people of the wonder and beauty in nature.

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Lindsey McDivitt


Eileen Ryan Ewen


Sleeping Bear Press

Recommended Ages:

5 - 9 years

Gwen Frostic

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Girls Love STEAM Review:

Additional Reader & Professional Reviews:

"This enchanting picture book biography shines the spotlight on a little-known environmental pioneer and talented artist and businesswoman. ---Washington Parent This wonderful picture book tells the story of a singular woman who, despite physical challenges, pursued a life in art that made her happy. She used her art to remind people that nature was a gift, and that it was something that we should all work to protect and cherish. At the back of the book the author offers readers further information about Gwen Frostic's life. There is also a craft project that young readers might like to try."
--Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

"An extraordinary and exceptional read from beginning to end, "Nature's Friend" is an especially recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book biography collections for young readers ages 6 to 9."
---Midwest Book Reviews Nature's Friend is a lovely tribute to a woman who once said, "Love this earth, love its enough to keep it clear." --Carol Balwin's Blog

"This is a delightful book about renowned artist Gwen Frostic. She overcame a debilitating illness as a child and with persistence and hard work she continued to show that her physical challenges could not hold her back. She was an artist, business woman, and passionate nature lover whose influence can still be found today. My 10 year old was especially excited to discover that her printmaking studio still exists today! Ages 6-10"
--The Simple Moms Blog

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