I’ve had a great time reading these wonderful picture books while I was on break and this one I’ll take out again when my grandson visits. This is an all around great book for DC lovers. In recent visits we went to DC and visited some of the memorials and museums so this book will be must reading for when he visits again. But before we get to the book I want to give you something.
Here is my gift for writers and readers!
http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/12/how-do-you-find-a-literary-agent/ not just this post but Rachelle’s whole blog. There is a category just for writers. Hope you like it.
And especially for readers!
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/7196-writers-who-are-children A group I found through twitter! So many good ideas and categories.
OK so here’s the book!
Title: Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z
Author: Laura Krauss Melmed/ Frane Lessac
Published by: Harper Collins 2003, nonfiction
Suitable for all ages
Themes: nonfiction, discovery, travel, leadership, exploration. History, monuments, historical markers, historical documents, geographic theme, freedom and liberty, educational, alphabet, concepts, community,
Resources: Here’s a resource of Washington DC showing all the geographic data and scoop on census, state facts, college finder etc. http://www.50states.com/dc.htm#.UPKRlEllHng
For virtual field trips look here: http://www.onlineeducation.net/resources/virtual-field-trips
Here is the link for clicking on buildings to explore them virtually : http://ahp.gatech.edu/dc_map.html Clicking a building opens a new browser window linking to either a tour of the building,
the history of the building, or in the case of museums, a tour of the exhibits available online.
When finished viewing the selected site, simply close its window
to return to this map of Washington, DC.
Some buildings contain more than one link.
More buildings can be found on the Buildings and Monuments page.
Here is a link to enjoy this book on your iPhone or iPad. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/washington-dc-a-to-z/id443526135?mt=8
And for a discussion forum on taking a trip to Washington DC with your students or kids go here: http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=41044
What the Jacket says: Welcome to out nation’s Capital, home of American government, world-renowned museums, and famous memorials and monuments. Visit Apollo 11 at the Air and Space Museum, find out how bills are printed at the Bureau of engraving and Printing and visit the Capital building and see where Congress meets, in this alphabetical tour from best-selling author Laura Krauss Melmed. Fascinating facts about historic people and places complement Melmed’s lively, informative verse, and Frane Lessac captures the unique brilliance of the city with her detailed, accessible folk-style artwork.”
Why I love it: There is so much information in this book one can’t just sit and read it in one sitting. Each page is crammed pack full with info of bits and pieces of facts related to the Letter Icon the author has chosen for it. For example for the letter “A” she has chosen the Air and Space Museum. The explanation for the letter is in verse and surrounding that is a plethora of items in the museum with facts relating to that specific artifact. One could just enjoy the verse on each page or dig deeper into the illustration and the facts she has delegated to them.
The first Three Sentences: “A” Air and Space Museum: At Kitty Hawk the brothers Wright became the first to soar in flight. Now mankind is exploring space! Learn how it happened, in this place.”
And as my friend Beth Stillborn says. “Every Friday, bloggers join together to share picture book reviews and resources, thanks to author Susanna Leonard Hill’s brainchild, “Perfect Picture Book Fridays.” Susanna then adds the books (and links to the reviews) to a comprehensive listing by subject on her blog. Find the entire listing at her “Perfect Picture Books.”
Thanks Everyone!! Have a GREEAATT weekend!! 🙂