Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea Illustrated by Julie Olson
(Summary taken from amazon.com) "Follow the patriotic journey of a little red balloon as it makes its way from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States. Accompanied by the words of one of Americas most beloved anthems America the Beautiful, From Sea to Shining Sea shows the diversity and beauty of our great country through the eyes of our nations children. To add an interactive experience, kids all across the United States will be able to go online to send their own balloons on their own journey."
I have always loved the poem "America the Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates, and this children's book, illustrated by Julie Olson, is a perfect fit. The words of the book are the words of the poem, and the illustrations are beautiful. I love this book! Not only are the illustrations extremely well done, but there is a fun side story with a red balloon floating across the country. The illustrations are of real places, and the balloon ends up floating from the west coast of the country all the way to the east coast. There is a map at the end that shows its route, and it was fun to see that I have been to a few of the landmarks. This book is perfect for home, school, and everywhere in between. It will be a new favorite at my house, for sure. There is also a website that goes along with the book. It is www.discoveramericabook.com, and it has some great resources. You may send off your own digital balloon and track it, there are coloring pages, quizzes, lesson plans, and so much more. I highly recommend this book to everyone!!!
Rating: G (Clean!)
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.