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Our Great Big Backyard

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

National Parks help open girl to nature in cute family tale.

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This ode to wholesome family fun and exciting national parks shows what a great time you can have exploring natural places. Its message to put down your devices, "get out there," and engage in imaginative play comes across with a fairly light touch, a bit of humor ("What did the ranger say to the skunk? Smell you later, take a hike!"), and some solid facts ("Americans call this a buffalo, but it is a bison.")

Illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers offer lots to look at and a few gags, as well as reflecting what the kids are imagining -- for example, picturing them as pirates while river-rafting down the Colorado River and as astronauts on Mars while they climb red rocks in the desert. The book includes a list of states and their national parks at the back, a couple of online resources for planning a national park visit, and a map of the United States on the endpapers.

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