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America Is... [Hardcover]

By Louise Borden & Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)
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Item Specifications...

Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.34" Width: 9.46" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 16, 2003
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry
Age  6-9
ISBN  0689839006  
EAN  9780689839009  

Availability  3 units.
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Item Description...
Celebrates the diversity of America, the land of the free, where millions of people from many different walks of life share the lakes, mountains, prairies, forests, and deserts that make up this great country.

Publishers Description
In words and pictures, this is a salute to our great country, the land of freedom for us and for people all over the world.
In her poetic text, Louise Borden evokes with bold strokes many aspects of our nation -- its farmlands, its prairies, its cattle country, its cities, its rivers, and the many kinds of people who live and work here. Mountains and deserts, waterfalls and beaches -- each of our states has special things to see and enjoy. And all over this country, our flag flies, with fifty stars for our current fifty states and thirteen broad stripes for our original thirteen colonies.
A few years ago, Louise Borden spoke to a group of schoolchildren in a library in Birmingham, England. When she finished, the very first question was, "What's it like to live in America?" This book is her answer. Readers of all ages will join in this salute to the place we call home, celebrated here in a simple, inspiring text and in lovely, atmospheric, full-color pictures.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
What a book!  Jun 26, 2007
This book was written to explain America to British schoolchildren who asked, "What is America really like?" The author and illustrator do a fabulous job of capturing the essence of the cities, countryside, landmarks and geographical features. I highly recommend this book to all elementary level teachers and parents throughout the world.
Amazing  Oct 9, 2006
I love this book! It's beautifully illustrated and really breaks it down in language children understand. Only a cynic wouldn't like this book. I have bought several copies as gifts for my kid's friends and everybody loves it.
Patriotic Drivel  Jul 22, 2005
This is exactly the sort of "USA - Number 1" drivel that kids already get plenty of. There are about 1,000 books just like this one, all telling children how wonderful and special the U.S. is, without ever acknowledging that problems might actually exist -- or that someone might not agree with this narrow interpretation of our "superiority." The author even manages to discuss Native Americans in a pro-U.S. way! This book is really of little use to anyone except those studying America's myopic fascination with its own distorted image of itself. To say that the name "America" means "freedom" to people all over the world, in this day and age, is wishful thinking in the extreme...
Great Book  Oct 4, 2004
My daughter brought this book home from her school library. I was surprise since she is only in 1st grade. But I read it to her and was refreshingly surprised. I was proud to read it to her and also be reminded of what this country is truly about.
I would recommend it to any school librarian for her library or any parent for their home.
A great book  Sep 8, 2002
The pictures are lovely, but the words are even better.

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