H is for Hawkeye: An Iowa Alphabet

H is for Hawkeye: An Iowa Alphabet

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by Patricia A. Pierce, Bruce Langton
     
 

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Did you know the Hawkeye State got its nickname from Chief Black Hawk of the Sauk tribe? Or that D is for Des Moines, the capital with the golden dome? Or that Iowa is bordered on each side by navigable rivers, the Missouri marks the western border and the Mississippi forms its eastern border. H is for Hawkeye presents these and many other interesting facts about the

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Did you know the Hawkeye State got its nickname from Chief Black Hawk of the Sauk tribe? Or that D is for Des Moines, the capital with the golden dome? Or that Iowa is bordered on each side by navigable rivers, the Missouri marks the western border and the Mississippi forms its eastern border. H is for Hawkeye presents these and many other interesting facts about the great state of Iowa.

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Children's Literature
This alphabet book about Iowa, the "Hawkeye State," is one of a series offered by a Michigan-based, self-described "national publisher of regional books." This series so far includes alphabet books about more than thirty states, from A is for Arches: A Utah Alphabet, to Y is for Yellowhammer: An Alabama Alphabet. It is a neat concept for bringing together meaningful historical, cultural and natural facts of each state. The Iowa entry nimbly ranges over subjects as diverse as "American Gothic," the famous painting of an Iowa farmer and his daughter by Grant Wood, the Eastern Goldfinch—the state bird; the history of Iowa's statehood and its largest cities, Des Moines and Iowa City, and Iowa's claim as the birthplace of Bix Beiderbecke, Carrie Chapman Catt and Herbert Hoover. Newton, Iowa, under "M," is where Frederick Louis Maytag started his Maytag washing machine company. Under 'Q' we learn that Cedar Rapids is the founding home of the Quaker Oats Company. The author might have done better to stick with her well-researched prose; factual information provided in columns is interesting and informative, while weak two-line verses above the illustrations detract from the text. Lavish paintings, in predominately earth tones, fill each page. A brief "field of facts" at the back of the book quizzes readers on all they have just learned about Iowa. 2003, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—J. H. Diehl

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585361144
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
12/15/2003
Series:
Discover America State by State
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
380,837
Product dimensions:
11.12(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
4 - 10 Years

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