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Children's LiteratureAnother Washington, DC, alphabet book? Yes, but this one is different enough to deserve a second look. It begins with Clara Barton—a "B" word? Not if she is called the "Angel of the Battlefield." A brief essay on her Civil War nursing work is followed by equally creative choices. "D" for "Dream" gives us Martin Luther King Jr. and his most famous speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial—with a nod to Marian Anderson on the same page. "I" for "Island" presents Theodore Roosevelt Island and the nature preserve in the Potomac. "Q" introduces the Adams presidents, father and son. "Y" is for the Navy Yard, seen from a lovely historical viewpoint, with mention of its role in both the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Some of the regular alphabet words chosen are equally novel: the Blair House; the X-l airplane that first broke the sound barrier, used as an introduction to James Smithson and the Smithsonian Institution. The Smiths have done their research well, and Gibson's watercolor portraits and landscapes add a graceful new look to our capital city. 2005, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 5 to 9.