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Illustrator Wendell Minor takes readers on a journey through America, giving a majestic tribute to our country and Katherine Lee Bates's famous patriotic poem.
In lush pictures that capture the spirit of America's landscape and history, Minor whisks readers to various corners of the country -- including the New England, the Deep South, and the Rocky Mountains -- throughout all four verses of "America the Beautiful." Minor's "amber waves of grain" showcases a Kansas wheat field, with its golden expanses under an enormous sky, while the Wright brothers' flying airplane depicts "every gain divine" at Kitty Hawk. Other gorgeous features include Mount Rushmore and the Empire State Building, with back-of-the-book biographies of Bates and composer Samuel Augustus Ward, short blurbs about each of the scenes, and a U.S. map showing all of the locations rounding out the book.
A remarkably beautiful read that stands out among the many "America the Beautiful" picture books, Minor's rendition will indeed stir your soul. The book's scenes are vast and breathtaking, with vibrant colors that make each illustration leap off the page. A wonderful idea for gift giving to young patriots, and a rich tool for learning about the U.S. of A. Matt Warner