America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

by Wendell Minor, Wendell Minor
     
 

“America The Beautiful” has been stirring hearts for generations, andnow Wendell Minor provides a spectacular visual accompaniment for the classic poem and song. Sing along to the familiar lyrics, turning each page as the musical tribute is transformed into a visual feast that spans the entire nation, from New York City to the Oregon coast, and

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“America The Beautiful” has been stirring hearts for generations, andnow Wendell Minor provides a spectacular visual accompaniment for the classic poem and song. Sing along to the familiar lyrics, turning each page as the musical tribute is transformed into a visual feast that spans the entire nation, from New York City to the Oregon coast, and encompasses multiple eras, from the Pilgrims to the Wright brothers to NASA. Wendell Minor's stunning paintings of American landscapes and historical moments celebrate our nation—from sea to shining sea.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Wendell Minor has created covers for a shelf of classic American literature...He invests them with interest, with story, in a way few artists can... It is one of his greatest gifts." -David McCullough
Publishers Weekly
"Minor creates a breathtaking visual journey to some of the country's diverse landscapes and monuments, explored in Bates's famous 1895 poem," said PW. All ages. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-Wendell Minor's gorgeously illustrated tribute to America (Putnam, 2003) is further enhanced by his calm reading. The narration begins with an introduction to the history of "America the Beautiful," a poem written by Katharine Lee Bates over 100 years ago. Later set to music composed by Samuel A. Ward, Bates's words have become America's unofficial anthem. Minor's illustrations are the images brought to his mind by Bates's timeless words. The poem's narration is slow enough to allow listeners to absorb the book's illustrations. It is also accompanied by soft music and gentle sound effects correspond to the illustrations. Listeners might be slightly confused by the small excerpt of Ward's biography read aloud when there are actually much lengthier bios of both the author and the composer in the book. A lovely orchestration of the song, which is sure to give listeners goose bumps, follows the narration. The first track on the CD and the first side of the cassette include page-turn sound effects.-Jennifer Iserman, Dakota County Library, Burnhaven Branch, Burnsville, MN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142403211
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Wendell Minor is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design. His work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Museum of American Illustration, and the NASA Art Collection at the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

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