A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots to learn and talk about in this selective, visual history of the United States.
Learing about places and peole in history is interesting and fun.
Positive Role Models
The horse rider is curious and adventurous. Icons in American cultural and political history are sprinkled throughout the pages.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a selective visual history of the United States, full of cunning and humor, with each two-page spread capable of sparking an extended discussion on the pictured locale. The horse rider's journey is depicted in stunning, playful, pen-and-wash detail. There are no words, so participation in a read-aloud is critical. Finding recognizable images is as fun as a treasure hunt.
Is It Any Good?
Readers will come to both envy and cherish the traveler in this wordless book -- in Mitsumasa Anno's entire series of books, for that matter. He gets the chance to serve as witness to so many fabulous events in history and offers soothing comradeship: Rarely has one who has spoken so little conveyed so much. Reading this book in a library is a perfect setting. A squadron of 7-year-olds was sent scurrying to gather additional books to explain the many references: "Go get a book on George Caleb Bingham," they were instructed. To have the material further illustrated made the history quite real for these children.
The hide-and-seek setting is not an end in itself for Anno, but a springboard. Once you have found Waldo, that's that; once you have identified two jokers trying to move a piano in the streets of colonial Boston, it is just the beginning of an acquaintance with Laurel and Hardy.
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