B Is for Big Ben: An England Alphabet

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Although America officially declared its independence in 1776, we owe much of our heritage, culture, and even style of living to England, our mother country. In B is for Big Ben: An England Alphabet, young readers are given an armchair tour of a country that may be small in size (smaller than the state of New York!) but a giant in history, achievement, and influence. Of course, everyone has heard about England's famous kings and queens, and castles and monuments. But did you know that many of our everyday ...
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Overview

Although America officially declared its independence in 1776, we owe much of our heritage, culture, and even style of living to England, our mother country. In B is for Big Ben: An England Alphabet, young readers are given an armchair tour of a country that may be small in size (smaller than the state of New York!) but a giant in history, achievement, and influence. Of course, everyone has heard about England's famous kings and queens, and castles and monuments. But did you know that many of our everyday conveniences started as British ideas? Charles Babbage designed the first computer in the nineteenth century. And guess what contribution came from the Earl of Sandwich? From the ancient stillness of Stonehenge to the picturesque charm of the Lake District to the bustling streets of London, B is for Big Ben reveals the many treasures, past and present, of merry old England.To find recipes, games, interactives maps and much more for this title visit www.discovertheworldbooks.com! Pamela Duncan Edwards was born and lived in England many years before moving to the United States. As the author of more than 25 children's books, she is a popular visitor to schools and reading conferences. Pamela's other books with Sleeping Bear Press are Why the Stomach Growls and O is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet. She lives in Vienna, Virginia. Melanie Rose's artwork has graced the pages of numerous Sleeping Bear Press books including Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet; A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet; and H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet. A native of England, Melanie is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and lives in Ontario Canada.
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Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Alphabet books are a popular form of children's selections, often combining learning the alphabet with familiar or fascinating items that harness a child's attention and imagination. Edwards combines simple rhymes with more in-depth historical narratives of the subject chosen for each letter. While some of the letters have chosen rather weak subjects to focus on, "Famous Folk" for F, for instance, still others focus on uniquely English subjects, such as the Domesday Book or the Union Jack. The full-color illustrations depict scenes mostly relating to the subject presented, but at times are somewhat vague links to the subject. It is obvious that children in England will be familiar with most of the topics, but children outside of Great Britain will probably have no idea what subject the illustration is referring to. The rhymes are clever and the more in-depth information presented on each page is fascinating; the text could certainly be used as a beginning reference source for any project about England. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585363056
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 5/2/2008
  • Series: Discover the World
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 718,596
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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