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The 2023-2025 常见的书 is 编织香草 for Young Adults

By Robin Wall Kimmerer
Adapted by Monique Gray Smith
Illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt

What is a 常见的书?

A 常见的书 is a shared reading experience that can serve as a foundation for writing assignments, research assignments, 讲座, 小组讨论, theater performances, 视频, 艺术展, 论文竞赛, 来访的人, 还有其他事件.

最终, the purpose of the 常见的书 is to build community and invite further engagement in our college core values of excellence, 完整性, 和尊重. The 常见的书 can be used in part or as a complete entity in any variety of classes, and while not required, it's use is highly encouraged throughout its two-year tenure.

编织香草 for Young Adults

Drawing from her experiences as an Indigenous scientist, botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer demonstrated how all living things—from strawberries and witch hazel to water lilies and lichen—provide us with gifts and lessons every day in her best-selling book 编织香草. Adapted for new audiences by Monique Gray Smith, this new edition reinforces how wider ecological understanding 阀杆s from listening to the earth’s oldest teachers: the plants around us. 编织香草 for Young Adults brings Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the lessons of plant life to a new generation.

看到 图书馆’s 编织香草 research guide for project and research ideas based on themes from 编织香草 for Young Adults.

Why is Saint Paul College using the young adult version of the book?

编织香草 for Young Adults is a teaching-friendly version of the original nonfiction book. While remaining firmly rooted in the original text, Monique Gray Smith adds sidebars and reflective questions designed to assist the reader in linking concepts and ideas. Illustrator Nicole Neidhardt adds a gorgeous visual element to material, which helps maintain reader interest and commitment. 另外, this adaptation was published in 2023, making it ten years more recent than the original publication!

How did the College choose a 常见的书?

A common book working group was formed in late 2022, chaired by Instructional Librarian Hannah Kauffmann. After an open nomination period was held in spring 2023, the working group published a list of finalists along with a voting guide, and held an open voting period, with votes coming from students, 工作人员, 教师, 和管理. 结果是 编织香草.

How can I nominate a 常见的书 or be part of the 2025-2027 working group?

电子邮件 汉娜.kauffmann@nanlingcl.com!

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