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National Parks

A Kid's Guide to America's Parks, Monuments and Landmarks

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In National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America's Parks, Monuments and Landmarks, you have the perfect guide for your next family adventure. This fun-filled book explores more than 75 U.S. parks, monuments, and landmarks, from California's Sequoia National Park to Maine's Acadia National Park.

From Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty, from Gettysburg National Battlefield to Mount Rushmore, National Parks is the only child-friendly, family-oriented book that covers all of the 59 U.S. national parks, plus famous monuments and landmarks. With a lively text and hundreds of color illustrations and photographs throughout, it offers fascinating, memorable information on every aspect of the parks, such as the history, geography, natural wonders, native wildlife and birds, and unique features that make each park special.

Organized alphabetically by state, National Parks takes readers on a whirlwind trip to 75 locations, including Denali National Park, Hot Springs National Park, Everglades National Park, Fort McHenry, White Mountain National Forest, Ellis Island, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Zion National Park, Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, Mt. Hood National Forest, and many more.

Also included are dozens of activities, such as quizzes, word and picture hunts, and car games, as well as a detachable national-park quarter collector, so kids can collect each of the 56 commemorative quarters to be issued by the U.S.

After a brief introduction on the history of the national parks, things start to get more specific. Parks are categorized by state, with each one given a short, fact-filled description. Surrounding these blocks of text are photos, vintage illustrations, captions, call-outs, factoids and additional information. Each park features a "By the Numbers" section, listing notable dates and data, and an "Amazing but True" fact that leans toward the unexpected. Additionally, "The Great American Birdwatch" puts a spotlight on species that you might find at each stop. While the book covers 75 or so, the list of national parks is long (Alaska alone has eight), making this more of a long list of highlights rather than a comprehensive resource.

The design of National Parks is a strength. Vibrant photographs and bold fonts mix nicely with retro illustrations. It's a book that young readers will be drawn to.

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