It's not often one sees a high-quality, full-color,
hardback picture book by kids, for kids. But W
is for Washington is just that, written by high-school students from
Wenatchee, Washington, for children ages 4 and up. Full of dazzling photos
of animals, plants, and places around Washington, this thirty-page library-type
book is a delightful poetry walk through my home state. Each letter of
the alphabet, A to Z, is combined with a picture and a short poetry couplet.
The verses are not only fun to read, but also give readers information
unique to Washington. For example, the letter "C is for Cougar" shows a
photograph of a cougar, along with this couplet:
"A fierce wild cat or a team playing ball--
Watch the Cougars against the Huskies in the Apple Cup this
Or "J is for Strait of Juan de Fuca":
strait of Juan de Fuca with waters so blue,
Is home to salmon,
seals, and orca whales too."
In addition to the short, bright pages of alphabet letters (one
letter per glossy page), the simple facts presented in the
poetry section are expanded at the back of the book. For example,
the couplet about the cougar goes on to include information about
cougars--how many live in Washington, how high they can jump,
and how much they weigh. These are small "bites" young children
can "sink their teeth" into. An extra bonus--a photograph of the
students who wrote the book, along with their names--is
included on the last page.
So far, the Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company's state series
includes C is for California, O
is for Oregon, and W is for Washington.
I hope these three launch titles are the beginning of a full line-up,
highlighting each of our fifty states. This is a great little
home-school resource for studying state history and geography
with younger children, grades K-3.