M Is for Majestic: A National Parks Alphabetby David Domeniconi, Pam Carroll
Examines the history and lore of America's national parks from Acadia National Park to Zion National Park.
Children's LiteratureThis is a delightfully, entertaining book that uses the alphabet and the National Park system to encourage the reader to learn about some wonderful places. From A is for Acadia to Z is for Zion, the descriptions and illustrations of the various parks give great information. Living in the Western United States, I have been fortunate to visit several parks, but I realized after reading this book, that I had best pick up the pace, as I still have many more to visit. Typical animals, plants, birds and flora of the parks are discussed and illustrated. Families could use this as a tool for planning trips that would include a few parks along the way. A United States map pinpoints all the fifty parks and gives the reader a good overview. 2003, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 3 to 10.
School Library JournalGr 1-5-Using rhymed couplets, Domeniconi presents a glimpse of United States national parks from A to Z. For example, "A is for Acadia,/where the mountains meet the shore,/and the forest stands silent/beside the ocean's roar." Carroll's dramatic paintings bring the subjects to life. Paragraphs along the margins provide additional information about the site plus others that begin with the same letter. These places are depicted in smaller "snapshot" paintings that are arranged on the larger work to create the look of a scrapbook. A map identifies the locations of all the parks. Although the verse sometimes plods along, the illustrations will encourage browsing and hold a group's attention. The book could serve as an introductory resource to pique interest in the topic.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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