Sequoia author to hold local signing March 6

Sequoia author to hold local signing March 6The Maturango Museum will host a book signing at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, for “Of Giants and Grizzlies” author Mary Martin Weyand.

“The community, especially parents and children of all ages, are welcome!”

The book details the early-1900s experiences of Sequoia National Park’s first superintendent, Walter Fry. “Written for middle-grade children, each chapter transports readers from yesteryear to today,” said a spokesperson. Weyand combines the notes, journals and photographs shared by Fry’s descendants and supplements with park records, to tell the story.

The book, winner of the 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold Medal for the nonfiction category, was released to coincide with park’s 125th anniversary. The book includes more than 80 photographs in a backpack-friendly binding.

“The book is designed to ignite a young person’s interest in nature” and describes how children play an integral role in preservation. “The loss of grizzly bears, seen in Fry’s day, reminds students of ecological fragility. Dipper birds still dip and sing, yet rely on stream-fed snowpack, now diminished from Fry’s era.”

The spokesperson said that the Giant Sequoias are better protected, and that black bears are monitored and continue to thrive.

More information will be presented at the free program.

Story First Published: 2016-03-04