May 16, 2014

Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea

I think this new children's book is so sweet and patriotic.  

"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." 
 (From the Press Release) 

I found Julie Olson's illustrations magical. I love water color (wish I was more talented, but my last attempt scarred me for life). Parts of Katharine Lee Bates poem "America the Beautiful" is recited on each page as this little red balloon makes it's way across our great America. My kids loved this book. Especially the little ones.

 Make sure to visit her educational interactive website for free printable and free lesson plans.

  • Send your own virtual balloon to friends or family members, who can then send it on.
  • Discover and track on the website your balloon's progress as it floats across the United States.
  • Discover facts for fun or for school reports by clicking on each state.
  • Print out coloring pages from the website for each state's flag,flower, and bird.
  • Discover what you know about the book and other places in the United States by taking the online quiz.
  • Discover on the website a video of the illustrator, Julie Olson, painting and talking about the book.

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