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Children's LiteratureYou can travel round the capital city by car, foot, Metro, bus, boat and tour-based trolley. Martha Day Zschock offers young readers a whole new mode of transportation—the alphabet! Journey Around Washington, D.C. from A to Z ferries kids from "America's anthem awakens awe" (the Smithsonian Institute's "Star-Spangled Banner" display) to "Zip codes zoom mail to distant zones" (a look at the National Postal Museum). The short alliterative statment for each letter is followed by a brief description of the related site. Zschock's paintings are full of detail and beautifully rendered. In one lovely, snowy scene of the Supeme Court building, the only spots of color are the bright coats of visiting children and the American flag. The author/illustrator brings a touch of whimsy to small, spot illustrations, which often feature a Bald Eagle, our national bird, playing tourist. The majestic bird plays the organ at the National Cathedral and even presides over the President's desk at the White House. This is a great picture book to share with kids before, during and after a trip. 2004, Commonwealth, Ages 3 up.