A 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students: K–12 (National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council). Take a tour of America's great outdoors and discover the beauty and diversity of its most iconic and majestic national parks. Packed with maps and fascinating facts about the flora and fauna unique to each of the 21 parks portrayed, this lushly illustrated coast-to-coast journey documents in large format the nation’s most magnificent and sacred places—and shows why they should be preserved for future generations to enjoy. Explore Florida's river-laced Everglades, travel down the white water rapids of the Grand Canyon, trek across the deserts of Death Valley, and scale the soaring summits of the Rocky Mountains with this book that brings you up close to nature's greatest adventures. Divided by region (East, Central, Rocky Mountains, West, Tropics, and Alaska), a pictographic map at the start of each section shows the locations of the parks to be covered. Each park is introduced by a stunning, poster-worthy illustration of one of its scenes and a summary of its makeup, followed by individual illustrations of the animals and plants that make their homes there. Captions provide captivating information about the wildlife. Did you know that Everglades National Park is home to marsh rabbits who paddle through its swamps searching for herbs, flowers, and other plants to nibble on? Or that the pronghorn antelope of Badlands National Park are the continent’s fastest land animals, sprinting up to 60 miles per hour to escape predators like bobcats and coyotes? A “Can you spot this…?” page at the back challenges you to find a pictured critter or plant for every letter of the alphabet. The parks include: Acadia, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Channel Islands, Death Valley, Denali, Everglades, Glacier, Glacier Bay, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Hawaii volcanoes, Isle Royale, Mesa Verde, Olympic, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Virgin Islands, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. A book to be treasured by children and adults alike, National Parks of the USA serves to inspire the adventuring naturalist in all of us.
|Publisher:||Wide Eyed Editions|
|Product dimensions:||10.20(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Kate Siber is a journalist and a correspondent for Outside magazine living in Durango, Colorado. She has visited about 30 national parks and covers the world’s wild and remote places as well as environmental and social issues. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic Traveler, National Parks, Preservation, Men’s Journal, The New York Times, and many other publications.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley and Wide Eyed Editions for giving me a free copy of this delightful book! As a home-body overly fond of air conditioning, I have to say: Can I go hiking now? This book is a marvelous collection of tidbits about the national parks and the history, plant life, and animals that populate them. I felt like I was learning new things during every information session. The language used is playful and fun, with little prompts and challenges for the reader that would engage young ones looking through this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and colorful, and I love that there's a sort of eye-spy section at the end. Overall, this was awesome. I already put it on the Christmas list for my nieces. My only very tiny critique is that some of the text was hard to read (dark text over a dark background), but since I was reading a digital copy that might not be an issue in the printed version. Highly recommend for kids and adults alike!
What an amazing way to introduce children to our National Parks! And given the myriad threats to these national treasures, the timing for such a book couldn't be more perfect. As a kid, I grew up in a town that is literally called the "Gateway to Yosemite", so it should be no surprise that I spent a lot of time there growing up. Since those days, I've been to all of the National Parks on the West Coast, and I dream of taking my children to see them as well, so we can enjoy them together. These days we live in Maine, and we hope to make it up to Acadia this summer! My point is, my love for these natural treasures runs deep, and I thrill at anyway I can foster a deeper sense of excitement about the parks within my children. This book is a stupendous way to connect children with the wonders that are our National Parks (particularly children who might not have easy access to a National Park!). The illustrations are perfection, and all the information about the habitats in each park is fantastic. My children are going to go wild over this book when I get my pre-ordered copy in July (can't wait!!). This is a MUST have book for kids. Heck, it's a must have book for ME ! And I plan to be gifting this book to all of our first-grade (and maybe second-grade) teachers in the upcoming school year. MUST. READ. Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
This is an AMAZING reference book. Beautifully illustrated with clear and succinct text, the book captures the essence of some of the most iconic and less well-known national parks in the country. The book begins with a brief introduction on "the birth" of national parks. Short but concise, no overloading historical information. Few parks are chosen from each region; the layout is well organized and easy to follow. I adore the highlights of things to appreciate from each park. Anything from animals, plants, to geographical interests, this fun picture book is filled with educational information that would appeal to both adults and children. There are other books tailored for children about national parks but "National Parks of the USA" is more than just a regular non fiction book on nature/geographical attractions. It is a collection of artwork that supplemented by fun facts and information that helps to transform dry reading material into something delectable. Definitely a fun read and one of the best in the genre.