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S is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet (Discover America State by State) Hardcover – August 24, 2004

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About the Author

Judy Young has always had a fascination with words and a love of language, which she expresses through her poetry. Judy's poetry has won many awards and has been published in literary journals and magazines. Her interest in words and language also led her to receive a Masters in Arts in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Tulsa in 1980. As a speech and language pathologist, Judy works with elementary children, helping them to understand and use language. She also encourages children to write by reading and discussing poetry in elementary classrooms. Judy and her husband, Ross, live in the country near Springfield, Missouri. They have a daughter, Brett, a son, Reid, and five dogs.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Discover America State by State
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (August 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585362484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585362486
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,225,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

When Judy was about ten years old, she showed her grandmother a poem she had written. Her grandmother encouraged her to keep writing and Judy has done so ever since. Judy's fiction, poetry and nonfiction children's books are used extensively in classrooms across the country and have also been honored with numerous awards and recognition. One of Judy's most cherished honor was having "R is for Rhyme, A Poetry Alphabet" performed by the Tanner Creative Dance Program and Children's Dance Theatre of the University of Utah for their 58th annual performance.

A frequent speaker at schools nationwide, Judy's author visits include both educational presentations and poetry writing workshops for elementary and middle school students. Judy also conducts writing workshops for teachers for their professional development in-services and is a frequent speaker for educational organizations and professional conferences. With twenty years previous experience in the public schools, Judy has first hand experience with improving students' writing skills and her presentations and workshops are directly related to school curriculum.

Judy resides in the country near Springfield, MO, where she writes full time. Her husband, Ross B. Young, is a professional artist. He illustrated Judy's "S is for Show Me, A Missouri Alphabet" and "Show Me the Number, A Missouri Number Book." They have a grown daughter and son, and several dogs. When not writing or speaking at schools and conferences, you can find Judy hiking, fishing, or gallivanting around the country in "Arlo," the Young's traveling studio.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Russell on November 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is GREAT! As a school teacher, I'm delighted to have this book in my classroom. As a parent, I'm delighted to have it at home. It's an alphabet book, a poetry book, a textbook, and an art book all in one! Though I have lived in Missouri all my life, I sure learned some new things by reading S is for Show Me. I learned about the Kimmswick Bone Beds where mastodons used to live. I learned that nearly all corncob pipes in the world are made in Washington, MO! I learned about caves, springs, animals, ice cream cones, the Pony Express, the Civil War and so much more. This book should be read over and over because there is so much information that it just can't be absorbed in the initial reading. The illustrations are beautiful. Many of the paintings contain hidden details that my kids love to search for. The poems are fun to read aloud to young children and give them just enough information to spark their curiosity. But each page also has a sidebar of text that provides more in-depth information for older children and adults. S is for Show Me crosses all age barriers. I highly recommend this book to young and old alike, to anyone who is interested in the great state of Missouri!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Russell on November 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
S is for Show Me fulfills a need of which librarians have been aware a long time. Finally here is a book that provides a great amount of information about the state of Missouri in an easy-to-read format all ages can enjoy. The magnificent illustrations develop great interest in the excellent poetry and interesting research material. Adults as well as children will gain much knowlege of Missouri from this informative and enlightening book. I cannot praise S is for Show Me too highly!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is simply well done. I must say though, it is a bit misleading as it is not a simple ABC book even though it is set up in that particular format. It is so very, very much more. The author and illistrator have given us a wonderful oversite of a wonderful state, starting with prehistory and working forward to the present. The emphasis is on the outdoors of course, as Missouri, if nothing else, is an outdoor kind of place. The cities too have been well covered though, so there is something for everyone here. This book contains some pretty sophisticated information so, for the younger child, it might be a good idea to use this as a "read-a-long" book. The art work is great and quite detailed and fits the text perfectly. I have to admit, even though I am a native of this state, have lived here many years, I too, learned quite a few facts that I was unaware of. For an informative, well designed and fun to read book, I do recommend this one highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SRB on May 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful idea for a series of books. This is one of 50 alphabet books; there is one for every state. This one is packed with beautiful illustrations which contain hidden symbols, poetry, and tons of "unique to Missouri" facts. Don't just buy this one....collect them all. They are sure to be a valuable resource for teachers and parents alike. Despite it's ABC format, it is intended for all age groups.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Me on September 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is not only entertaining and educational for kids, but for adults, too! The artwork is lovely to the eye and I'm looking forward to getting more of these books.
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By Carol Ann Collins on February 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a gift for two small children from Australia who would be visiting me in my home state of Missouri. They loved it, plus it spread news about the delightful "Show-me-State."
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