Washington, D.C.: Our Nation's Capitol from A-Z
Washington, D.C.: Our Nation's Capitol from A-Z
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Annotation: Presents historical facts about the city and notable places in Washington, D.C. arranged alphabetically.
Catalog Number: #159544
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: O'Brien, John,
Pages: 31 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8234-3678-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-8234-3678-1
Dewey: 975.3
LCCN: 2017006714
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
"Washington, D.C., is more than simply a capital city," writes Schroeder, and this delightful, alphabetical portrait of America's capital proves it, with quirky, paragraph-sized entries using such headings as "Gargoyles and Grotesques" and "Micromanage." Readers will become informed about many historical aspects of the city, learning briefly about "Benjamin Banneker, a self-taught African American," who helped determine Washington, D.C.'s boundaries, or how, before the Civil War, most of the citizens of the city were illiterate. The topics keep going from there, bringing in everything from segregation to health epidemics. Most important, this book conveys how much slave labor was used to create the city. All of this helps present a well-rounded view of our nation's capital. O'Brien's cartoonlike illustrations complement the text, while quotes and trivia bits are interspersed on almost every page. Informational readers will devour this latest A Z book by Schroeder and O'Brien.
Kirkus Reviews
As with Ben Franklin (2011) and Abe Lincoln (2015), Schroeder and O'Brien employ the alphabet to pair lesser-known tidbits with humorous ink-and-watercolor caricatures to, in this case, present some of the people, places, and politics associated with the nation's capital.Although each letter has multiple entries, some are relegated to a half page while others are assigned two. There are interesting choices for "X," such as the panda Mei Xiang, and the X-1 and X-15 planes in the Air and Space Museum. Humans include Benjamin Banneker, the African-American surveyor of the district's boundaries, and Glenn Sundby, the white acrobat who descended the Washington Monument steps on his hands. A claw-footed, Capitol-shaped bathtub whimsically highlights 1860 amenities in the dusty building's basement. Some details are summarized to the point of misleading; for instance, the statement that when black contralto Marian Anderson was barred from singing in Constitution Hall, she "simply changed the venue" is not accurate. (Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband intervened to procure the Lincoln Memorial.) Also, it is not possible to verify the rumor that underground tunnels stretch from the Capitol to the White House, as O'Brien depicts them. Quotes from figures as diverse as Shirley Chisholm, Groucho Marx, and Dan Quayle provide additional perspectives.Quibbles aside, this will find a receptive audience with trivia buffs, tourists, and residents of all ages. (Informational picture book. 6-12)
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Kirkus Reviews
Word Count: 5,213
Reading Level: 6.8
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.8 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 193707 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:8.3 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q72990
Lexile: 980L
Guided Reading Level: V

See our nation's capital like never before!

In almost 100 entries from A to Z discover little-known lore, hidden history, and quotable quotes about Washington D.C.

Throughout the book, humorous full-color cartoons enhance the funny, strange, and intriguing details behind important landmarks and the people who have come to the capital to run the nation’s business, celebrate, protest, live in the thick of it or just visit.

From the aluminum tip of the towering Washington Monument to the marble bathtubs in the Capital building’s basement, this book offers a top to bottom look at Washington D.C. and its eclectic history that will enchant visitors and locals alike.

The end papers feature a comprehensive map of the District showing locations of key buildings including The White House, The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The Capitol building as well as many other important locations.

A Junior Library Guild selection!


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