Title: River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River
Author and Illustrator: Hudson Talbott
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Concepts: natural resources, capital resources, economic development, externalities
Review: The Hudson River has a rich and intriguing history, beginning with its formation from melting glaciers and continuing today as a conduit for commerce, transportation, and recreation. This “river that flows both ways” not only supported a large Native American population, including the Mohawks and the Mahicans, it also met explorer Henry Hudson in his quest to find the Dutch a new route to China.
Over the years, the Hudson River played an important role in the Revolutionary War, the development of transportation by boat, and the growth of New York City into America’s largest port, industrial hub, and financial center. However, industrialization brought uncontrolled pollution until a new environmental movement pushed for legislation to protect the Hudson River Valley. With its focus on natural resources, economic development, and pollution, this book makes a valuable tool for engaging children in some lively conversations about economic history and environmental activism.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children