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M Is for Minnesota

M Is for Minnesota

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by Dori Hillestad Butler, Janice Lee Porter
     
 
There are plenty of alphabet books, but when you read about Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe you know you are in Minnesota. These characters are from just one entry in M is for Minnesota, a beautiful children's book that will both entertain and delight readers of all ages. Author Dori Hillestad Butler has hand-picked the best of the state, from the northern tip (N is

Overview

There are plenty of alphabet books, but when you read about Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe you know you are in Minnesota. These characters are from just one entry in M is for Minnesota, a beautiful children's book that will both entertain and delight readers of all ages. Author Dori Hillestad Butler has hand-picked the best of the state, from the northern tip (N is for Northwest Angle, the northern-most point in the lower 48 states) to the great Mississippi River.

Illustrator Janice Lee Porter portrays the subject of each letter in original oil paintings, bringing facts and stories to life. From the blazing Hinckley fire to the serenity of a loon on a lake at sunset, Porter's renderings are filled with rich colors and innovative perspectives. Her style is both thoughtful and charming, appealing to children and adults alike.

Not only enjoyable to read, M is for Minnesota is enlightening as well. You'll learn about places like Minnesota's Iron Range, famous for producing high-quality iron ore, and people like "Lucky" Charles Lindbergh, who grew up in Little Falls. Entries feature animals, including timber wolves arid eagles, that call Minnesota home, and events such as the first successful open-heart surgery, performed at the University of Minnesota.

This book is a loving tribute to Minnesota. Residents past and present, tourists, educators, and book lovers will relish the opportunity to discover the history, stories, and natural beauty of the Gopher State.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Minnesota is highlighted in this illustrated picture book, and for each letter of the alphabet, another interesting fact about this state is presented. The pages are well designed with rich, painterly illustrations. Readers will discover that a surveyor's error on a 1775 map gave Minnesota an extra piece of land that is accessible only through Canada. They will also learn that the first successful open-heart surgery was performed at the University of Minnesota Hospital in 1952. Despite the interesting and unusual facts about this northern state, the text seems too wordy and too adult for an alphabet book. However, older readers will enjoy some of the more bizarre and obscure facts about Minnesota. For example, the discovery of the Kensington Runestone in 1898 by a farmer near Alexandria suggests that Vikings may have explored the state in 1362.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-Butler offers lots of information about Minnesota in an alphabetical arrangement from "Agriculture" to "Zoo." Each letter provides an opportunity to cover another aspect of the state. The author incorporates a fair amount of history and a smattering of geography and ecology among her host of topics. The text supplies plenty of tidbits as starting points for school reports, but it is hard to imagine anyone but the most dedicated Minnesota buff reading the book for enjoyment. The prose is dry and Porter's illustrations are attractive but static. Minnesota libraries definitely will want copies. Those elsewhere can weigh their proximity to the "Gopher State" and the demands on their collection for state-report material as they consider purchase.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816630417
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
605,897
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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