Picture Books: Connecting with History, People, and Places
By Barbara Bietz – Children’s Books and DVD’s
Many non-fiction picture books are created for a school-age audience. Picture books are engaging; the combination of art and prose is the perfect medium to invite readers to learn about history and the people who helped shape the world around us.
Hanging Off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up On Mount Rushmore by Nichols Coury and Sally Wern Comport
Lincoln Borglum was the son of sculptor Gutzon Borglum. Gutzon had a dream to carve the faces of four presidents into a side of a mountain. Gutzon started the job, but it was his son Lincoln who completed the work fueled by the passion he shared with his father and their mutual dedication to the mountain. In this beautiful picture book, Young Lincoln learns every job necessary to complete the work on Mount Rushmore, from drilling to blasting dynamite. Mount Rushmore is an American treasure and the process of creating the presidential faces is as fascinating as the mountain itself. Stunning illustrations give readers a visual sense of the enormity of the mountain and captures the emotional connection between Lincoln and Mount Rushmore.
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau may be well-known for his work in the undersea world, his work also contributed to a number of scientific discoveries. As a youngster, Jacque was seriously injured in a car accident but refused to let this stop him from achieving his dreams. Along with his scientific sea explorations, the author includes back matter about the important events in Cousteau’s life. Playful illustrations are the perfect paring to help celebrate the adventures and accomplishments of Jacque Cousteau. Younger readers will be inspired by Cousteau’s passion and may be inspired to learn more about ocean life, environmental science, and the discoveries that impact their world.
Lipman Pike: America’s First Home Run King by Richard Michelson and Zachary Pullen
Although his story dates back to the 1860’s and the birth of baseball, Lipman Pike is a relatively unknown character in the history of sports. He may not be a household name, but his place in sports history is noteworthy, indeed. Readers will cheer for Lipman Pike, the son of Jewish immigrants, whose parents question his participation in the game called “base.” As Lipman’s reputation grows, he earns the respect of teammates and fans, and achieves his dream of playing professional baseball. The early days of baseball are well depicted and will be of great interest to young sports fans. Vintage style illustrations give readers a real sense of time and place. The author’s note provides detailed information about the history of baseball and Lipman Pike’s life as a professional athlete in America.
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