Published by Atheneum
Summary: “To the chipmunk in her burrow, sleeping beneath the leaves to keep warm; to the resilient bison in the steaming oases of of an endless winter: you are home.” Evan Turk goes on to welcome animals and humans from all over America to more than 20 national parks: children in the city, children on farms, children who have just arrived to the United States, as well as those whose ancestors predated the United States by centuries are all welcomed. The accompanying illustrations show scenes from the parks, each one captioned with a small label to identify it. The author’s note tells more about the history and importance of the parks, as well as the need for changes to preserve them going forward. There’s also a note about the art that encourages kids to experience some of the parks by creating art in them. 56 pages; ages 5 and up.
Pros: This touching and beautiful ode to America’s national parks would make a perfect read for Independence Day, and is sure to inspire readers of all ages to spend some time in a national park or two this summer. A Caldecott contender for sure.
Cons: I guess the word “ode” in the title should have tipped me off, but I was hoping for more travel guide type information about each park.