Cappy Tail's Capitol Tales

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Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Rodents make engaging Washington guides, at least in the hands of Peter and Cheryl Barnes, a talented Virginia couple who created Woodrow, the White House Mouse and other picture books about civics and American government. In Cappy Tail's Capitol Tales, the buck-toothed critter of choice is a squirrel who shares information about the Capitol, the cornerstone of which was laid by President George Washington in 1793. In deft rhyme, Cappy explains the history and significance of the Statue of Freedom, the Rotunda, the "bustling chamber" of the House of Representatives and the Senate "well." Hidden throughout the colorful pictures are images of four wild creatures, and readers will enjoy trying to spot them even as they learn about this very real building, which is also an important symbol of democracy. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
Meet Cappy, a very special squirrel who takes young readers on a lively tour of our nation's capital city, Washington, D.C. Cappy's family has made its home in the city for generations, so he is the perfect tour guide, as a group of boys and girls on a school field trip discover after meeting him on the lawn just beyond the Capitol Visitors Center. Cappy takes them on a journey of discovery through the U.S. Capitol building, showing them the impressive Rotunda, the House of Representative and Senate meeting rooms and offices, famous Statuary Hall, the old Supreme Court chambers, and even the creepy Crypt. Kids will learn many interesting facts about our nation's government history, along with architectural and art wonders found within this key federal building. The authors highlight the fresco murals painted by Constantino Brumidi, who called himself "the artist of the Capitol" because he began painting frescoes there in 1855 and continued to do so until his death in 1880. The book includes a timeline of the Capitol building's many renovations and additions throughout the years; a bibliography and listing of online resources to learn more about the subject; and a special U.S. Capitol information section for parents and teachers which gives more detailed information about all the areas visited in the story. While the artwork illustrating the story is disappointing, its curriculum tie-ins to American history, architecture and U.S. government makes it a worthwhile purchase for library or school shelves. This is also a good choice to prepare youngsters for a trip to Washington, D.C. or to take home as a souvenir. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893622234
  • Publisher: VSP Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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