"Creekfinding: A True Story"

Many of us recall the allure of a rippling stream and the activities it spawned —from skipping rocks, to nabbing crawdads, and diverting the creek’s flow with a dam that would make a beaver envious.

“Creekfinding: A True Story,” by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, is certain to awaken memories in older folks and have youngsters pining for all the fun a creek provides.

This inspiring tale is revealed in short, accessible passages, questions and answers providing the key to how a creek in Iowa disappeared. It seems a farmer wanted more land to plant in corn, and covered over “a spring that burbled out of the ground and rumbled itself across a prairie valley.”

Scratch art by Claudia McGehee is the perfect accompaniment to this miraculous story – text and illustrations taking young readers through the stages of bringing the creek back to life – a project a man named Mike undertook, as he marked the creek’s path using an old photograph and then called in heavy machinery to excavate the land and find “the old stream.”

Once they struck water, Mike painstakingly worked to help the creek support new life because “…a creek isn’t just water. It’s plants, rocks, bugs, fish and birds.”

With patience and passion, the process paid off, in this environmentally engaging story of hope and the tenacity of spirit displayed by those who care about the Earth – their commitment restores our planet to its natural beauty. How grateful we are for their contributions.

Meet the author of “Creekfinding” this Saturday at Neighborhood Reads “Books for Breakfast” event, from 9 a.m. to 11. Martin will be accompanied by two other picture book authors, Tracy Maurer, who’ll present on “John Deere, That’s Who!” and “Noah Webster’s Fighting Words.” And Phyllis Root, who will talk about her book “Anywhere Farm.”

Door prizes will be given away, and teachers will receive a 25% discount throughout the day.