The Man Who Made Parks: The Story of Parkbuilder Frederick Law Olmstead

The Man Who Made Parks: The Story of Parkbuilder Frederick Law Olmstead
Author: 
Frieda Wishinsky
Publisher: 
Tundra Books
Publication Date: 
1999
ISBN: 
0-887-76435-5

paper, [32] p., $15.95.

Song Nan Zhang's beautiful acrylic paintings are a perfect counterpoint to Frieda's Wishinsky's realistic description of Frederick Law Olmstead's life in this fascinating book written for the young. This absorbing story starts by describing young Frederick and his early interest in strolling along country paths, reading about gardens in England. As he grew older, he tried several occupations before securing a job as superintendent of a Manhattan park, later to become Central Park. Although the book traces Mr. Olmstead's work in northern, western and eastern parts of the U.S., it skips over his work in the Midwest. Nonetheless, the book provides a good sense of the work of a landscape architect and inspires the young to follow this pioneer's footsteps. The story-filled illustrations make this book particularly useful with special education students.

— Nancy H. McCray

Volume: 
1
Number: 
3