Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:
Written by Jodi Holley Latza
Modern Photography by Greg Latza
Mount Rushmore History Association, 2005, second printing 2010
Suitable for: ages 4 to 8
Theme/Topic: History, Mount Rushmore
Opening: “A is for America. Mount Rushmore embodies the hopeful foundation of an independent, fair, democratic nation. A home for all people, despite wealth or needs, America welcomes all colors and creeds.”
Brief Synopsis: Discover the history behind Mount Rushmore, the man who carved a mountain Gutzon Borglum and the presidents on Mount Rushmore in this book. The alphabet takes the reader through the history and “Did you know?” facts about the monument.
Link to resources: The National Park Service has a page with several activities on its site under For Kids. Mount Rushmore Teacher’s Guide from the American Experience at PBS. If you visit, it’s fun to find your state in the Avenue of Flags. I’ve never sat there and counted, but the book tells you how many are displayed. It’s 56 to be exact — 50 states plus districts, territories and commonwealths of the United States.
Why I chose the book: Our family visited Mount Rushmore several weeks ago. I insist on a visit every time I go to the Black Hills of South Dakota. I found several picture books in the gift shop near the museum exhibit. The book incorporates historic photos with some modern ones to illustrate each letter of the alphabet. K is for Kids is my favorite letter. You’ll have to read it to find out why.
I’ve visited Mount Rushmore four times in the last five years. My first visit coincided with the annual Independence Day Fireworks display. It’s the I in the book. I’ve had my photo taken in front of my current state during each visit. I’m up to three states so far.
And, for those wondering, this is NOT the misplaced book from last week. That book remains missing. One day, I’m sure it will appear. Thank goodness it wasn’t a library book. Have a great week.
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