In the 15th century, long before English settlers first came to New England, an Algonquin tribe discovered a sparkling, clear river they called Nash-a-way, or River with the Pebbled Bottom. They fished in its waters and hunted along its shores, and the area remained a haven for wildlife for many years. Then industry came and changed everything — the mills of the 19th and 20th centuries devastated the water with pulp, fiber, chemicals, and dyes. By the 1960s, the fish, birds, and animals had disappeared from the area completely. Marion Stoddart was ready to do something about it, however. Through her passionate activism and the creation of the Nashua River Watershed Association, laws were passed that resulted in the restoration of this river, and the protection of all rivers.<br />In the capable hands of Lynne Cherry, acclaimed author/illustrator of <i>The Great Kapok Tree</i>, this extraordinary, true story of environmental destruction and rebirth, a story encompassing 500 years of American history, comes beautifully to life for young readers. Detailed watercolor and colored-pencil pictures celebrate the beauty of the Nashua in its heyday and mourn its deterioration. On each page, intricate borders that feature labeled artifacts from each time period supplement the narrative, and a timeline and maps help students follow along. Sure to be useful for class projects, this lyrical combination of words and images will be especially welcomed by budding environmentalists.