With breathtaking paintings and lots of fun facts, this book is an introduction to America that will "wow" readers of all ages.
About the Author
Robert Neubecker (www.neubecker.com) is a regular contributor to Slate.com, Business Week, Time, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. His books include Courage of the Blue Boy, Beasty Bath, Wow! America!, and Wow! City!, an American Library Association Notable book for 2005. A longtime New Yorker, Robert now lives with his growing family and the occasional moose on Iron Mountain in Park City, Utah.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book would be good for teaching children about the United States and the major attractions, for instance the Statue of Liberty.
Izzy, Jo, and their golden dog take a fantastical journey around America, starting before the title page and ending at home, with storytime. This book can be read in one, two, or three appreciative ways, adding complexity for a slightly older audience. The first way this book can be read is to be simply entertained by the dramatic illustrations, especially the fold-out panoramic¬ spreads. The second way this book can be read is as a puzzle to locate Izzy and Jo, with an additional search for their dog, who is sometimes more difficult to spot, especially in crowded urban spreads. The third way this book can be enjoyed is as an introduction or reinforcement to learning and recognizing American landmarks, familiarizing young Americans with a simplified foundational knowledge of their nation¿s geography. The end papers contain maps of the United States, the front one with state names and the back one filled with the landmarks from the story. Neubecker¿s illustrations are bold black outlines filled in by a great variety of colors with different palettes according to the landmark depicted. For example, Niagara Falls employs a palette of various shades of blue and turquoise. Neubecker¿s peopled landscapes picture a diverse America filled with people of all ages and races. This vivid picture book is highly recommended for children ages three to eight.