National Parks might all be about preservation but each park is very unique. Come and explore some of the National Parks of the USA.
Title: National Parks of the USA
Author: Kate Siber
Illustrator: Chris Turnham
ISBN: 9781847809766 Language: English
Themes: national parks, wildlife, nature
What’s it about?
This book explores America’s National Parks including Acadia, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Channel Islands, Death Valley, Denali, Everglades, Glacier, Glacier Bay, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky, Mountains, Hawaii volcanoes, Isle Royal, Mesa Verde, Olympic, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Virgin Islands, Yellowstone and Yosemite. It explores both the biodiversity therein but also some of the man-made structures in place to support the environment as well, such as sunken ships.
The format breaks up what could have been a boring lot of facts into bite-sized chunks with supporting illustrations. It includes more than just animals or plants in favour of a more comprehensive overview of National Parks.
Hmmm….Australian National Parks next??
“…it really draws the attention and allows the brain to chew it over a bit.”
What I really love about this book is the format. Information books can be really overwhelming if presented in blocks of writing (not to mention a tad on the boring side!) but by breaking up the information into short chunks and providing a relevant illustration (which is helpful for those of us who have never seen some of these features before!) it really draws the attention and allows the brain to chew it over a bit.
This book I feel would find a popular audience with disengaged boys in particular. Much like Creature Files: Sharks that I wrote about the other month, this book is one where you can read a bit here and a bit there – basically what interests you. While a disengaged reader might not read the entire book I guarantee they would take something away from this – which is the ultimate teacher goal.
Another element from this book that I did like was the little fact box that includes a map of America with the National Park marked on it, the state/s it is in, the year it was founded, and the size of the park in acres. What you have there is perfect for mathematic lessons where you can create graphs and compare the sizes of the parks. The years can be used to create a timeline of when they were founded (how awesome of a display would that make!). The locations of course could be used for American geography-based lessons.
On a personal note I did enjoy this book. It’s one I can pick up over and over to read! Also, I’m glad that it featured National Parks that I hadn’t heard of before which made it all the more interesting as now I want to go and research further.