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M IS FOR MAJESTIC: A NATIONAL PARKS ALPHABET

Author: David Domeniconi

Illustrator: Pam Carroll

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Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, ©2003

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is an alphabet book written about places in our national parks. The rhyming text makes it easy for all to understand. The beautiful pictures make you want to see the places in person. Rhis is a picture book for older children and transitional readers.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 7 and up

Interest Level: 8 and up

Age of Child: Read with a 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this to read to her younger brother and ended up reading it herself! She thought the pictures were beautiful and enjoyed the historical information written on each page about the pictures.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautiful book about places in America every one should see. It was written in alphabetical order so easy to read through. It had a section for the younger children and then a more in-depth section for the older children to read with great historical information. I liked that she enjoyed looking at pictures from around the country.

Pros: Great art work displaying pictures of the United States with the pictures in alphabetical order.

Cons: Some of the pictures were overwhelming, meaning they took up a lot of the page and were really "in your face."

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I would buy this for a teacher!

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Educational Themes: Children who read this book will already know their alphabet, so this is not a book for learning your ABCs. It is, however a wonderful way to explore the national parks. It might be fun to chart them on a map so you can see them arranged in a way other than alphabetical.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, alphabet book, art, United States, US history

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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