Tuesday, May 13, 2014

‘Blog Tour’ for “Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea.”

 Recently, I joined a ‘Blog Tour’ for
 “Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea.”

This is a children’s book illustrated by Julie Olson, with the lyrics from Katharine Lee Bates’ poem, “America the Beautiful.” 


 Title: “Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea”
Authors: Katharine Lee Bates
Illustrations: Julie Olson
Page Count: 36
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 America’s 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 nation’s 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.

About the authors: 
Julie Olson was born in the East, grew up in the Midwest, and now lives in the West. She developed a deep love for all parts of America as she lived in and traveled through various places. Since graduating with a BFA degree in illustration from Brigham Young University, she strives through her work to uplift and encourage others to be better.
You can learn more about Julie and her other creations by visiting JulieOlsonillustrator.com.
Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929) taught English at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Her most famous poem, “America the Beautiful,” was inspired by the view from Pike’s Peak, near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Published in 1893, it became the lyrics to the well-known anthem shortly thereafter.
In Emilee's opinion: 

I loved reading this book to my three year old. The illustrations captured his attention and he loved following the balloon from one page to the next. It was also fun to teach him about the map of the United States and the places the balloon visited throughout the book. 

There was more to discover in Discover America From Sea to Shining Sea. You can also go online to learn more about America.  One idea was to send your own virtual balloon to a friend or family member and to track the progress that it made. Another idea was to learn facts about each state. You could also print out coloring pages of each state's flag. There was also an online quiz to test your knowledge.

Overall, I was impressed with Bates to look outside the box. She gave us additional ways to learn about America which is perfect for families to come together. I definitely recommend this book even if you have a husband that is from England (that is me).

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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