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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Bursting with history like no other city in the world, Washington DC is a tribute to the United States, its people and even the world. Monuments spot the landscape, tourists spot the monuments and their legends are learned. The story of DC doesn't stop there. Look beyond the monuments. That's exactly the Washington DC readers will discover with N is for our Nation's…  See more details below

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Bursting with history like no other city in the world, Washington DC is a tribute to the United States, its people and even the world. Monuments spot the landscape, tourists spot the monuments and their legends are learned. The story of DC doesn't stop there. Look beyond the monuments. That's exactly the Washington DC readers will discover with N is for our Nation's Capital: A Washington DC Alphabet. From Abigail Adams to the National Zoo and all the cherry blossoms, flags, houses and presidents in between, N is for Our Nation's Capital is like a field trip in a binding. Rhymes capture readers' interest and expository text expands on those points and others with little-known but fascinating facts. Did you know the cherry blossom trees that are an integral part of DC's scenery were gifts from Japan? Or that Mrs. Taft planted the first two? Readers will eagerly turn the pages to learn more true facts like these. Wonderfully written in engaging rhymes for young readers backed with expository text that reveals even more for the more inquisitive reader make N is for our Nation's Capital the perfect keepsake and tribute to Washington DC. Authored by the husband and wife team of Roland and Marie Smith and backed by Barbara Gibson's stylish illustrations, N is for our Nation's Capital is a perfect fit on any bookshelf. This great exploration into our country's nerve center will have teachers and parents excited and help introduce one of the world's most important cities to children from sea to shining sea.

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Editorial Reviews

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:
393,613
Product dimensions:
11.28(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 10 Years

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