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National Parks: A Kid's Guide to America's Parks, Monuments and Landmarks Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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It's easy to overlook guides. They can be unassuming, but if your library is like mine, these guides to plants, gemstones, dogs, and horses have a lot of quiet fans. It makes sense ? were nonfiction books to be rated on a facts per square inch scale (heretofore known as f.p.s.i.), guides would score high. In terms of reader appeal, this isn't to be overlooked. But for whatever reason, guides are often an afterthought. Let's start the sprucing up here then, with a well-constructed handbook to America's national parks.
After a brief introduction on the history of the national parks, things start to get more specific. Parks are categorized by state, with each one given a short, fact-filled description. Surrounding these blocks of text are photos, vintage illustrations, captions, call-outs, factoids and additional information. Each park features a "By the Numbers" section, listing notable dates and data, and an "Amazing but True" fact that leans toward the unexpected. Additionally, "The Great American Birdwatch" puts a spotlight on species that you might find at each stop. While the book covers 75 or so, the list of national parks is long (Alaska alone has eight), making this more of a long list of highlights rather than a comprehensive resource.
The design of National Parks is a strength. Vibrant photographs and bold fonts mix nicely with retro illustrations. It's a book that young readers will be drawn to.
Guides may not be the hippest things in your collection, but for certain kids, they're some of the most valuable. Get your hands on National Parks ? young naturalists (or even kids stuck on a road trip against their will) will be glad you did.
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Each page contains the following information: the year the park was established, how big it is (in acres), the number of visitors per year, the campgrounds, the trails, some ranger fact, a bird watching tidbit with an highlights on a specific bird, as well as other information worth knowing about the National Park. You can also discover the other National Parks you can found in a specific state when only one of them is presented.
At the end of the book, you will also find the America the Beautiful Quarter Collector hard case which will allow you to insert the quarters representing various National Park from 2010 until 2021. Each insert indicate the year which the quarter will be coming in circulation as well which allows you to know when you should keep an eye out for them.
Personally I wish that there was a map included in the page for each National Park to indicate where in the state it can be found. Though, a big map at the beginning of the book sort of give the location of the National Park, a more precise map would be useful as well.
This book is a great item to have for homeschoolers whether you live in the US or travel to it. Not only will it provide fascinating information on the National Parks but you will also have the possibility to collect special quarters for the next few years.
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Great book and wonderful illustration. It's a bit pricey but cheaper than retail.Published 11 days ago by Super Shopper
Terrific gift for my granddaughters. Hoping to entice them to want to visit many National Parls throughout their lifetimes.Published 2 months ago by kayl
This is an excellent and entertaining review of our most important National Parks including unusual facts that children enjoy learning. Read morePublished 3 months ago by naomi
It comes along with a little collectors book for the state park quarters which is fun BUT it is not made right so they quarters just fall out when you close the book. Super lame.Published 8 months ago by Amy - homeschooling mom
My daughter enjoys her new book. Beautiful illustrations!Published 13 months ago by *browneyedgurl*
I just got this book but decided to return it---it doesn't have Isle Royale NP. Like the other reviewer said, this is a poorly researched book.Published on July 26, 2014 by H. Hsin
Our 9-yr-old granddaughter really likes this National Parks guide...easy read, colorful, great callouts. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by cherylynn3
This book is interesting and readable for a elementary school child. My nephew couldn't stop reading it while the other Christmas presents were being opened. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Mark B. Northrup