N Is for Our Nation's Capital: A Washington DC Alphabet

N Is for Our Nation's Capital: A Washington DC Alphabet

by Roland Smith, Marie Smith, Barbara Leonard Gibson
     
 

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"An A-Z pictorial for children all about our nation's capital including, famous people, geography, history, and symbols. Topics are introduced with poems accompanied by expository text to provide detailed information"--Provided by publisher.

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"An A-Z pictorial for children all about our nation's capital including, famous people, geography, history, and symbols. Topics are introduced with poems accompanied by expository text to provide detailed information"--Provided by publisher.

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Children's Literature
Another 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.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Each letter of the alphabet represents a person, place, or event associated with our nation's capital. A four-line verse or quatrain introduces it, accompanied by a sidebar of more historical information and sometimes more people, places, or events that go with the letter. The lush watercolor illustrations expand on the text. The title is similar in style and format to Devin Scillian's A Is for America: An American Alphabet (2001) and Elissa Grodin's D Is for Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet (2004, both Sleeping Bear). However, the "P" page is inaccurate. The Powhatan Indians did not live along the Potomac River as stated. The Piscataway Indians lived there and had a different history.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585361489
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
03/31/2005
Series:
Discover America State by State
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
574,341
Product dimensions:
11.28(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 10 Years

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