Friday, July 13, 2012

PICTURE BOOKS: S Is for Smithsonian by Marie and Roland Smith

The Smithsonian museums were such a large part of our time in DC this summer, I had to pick up this book as well, also published by Sleeping Bear Press.

The format is the same as the other alphabet books in the line - a short poem and a longer descriptive piece for every letter of the alphabet. S Is for Smithsonian includes a page on the Smithsonian Castle (in my opinion, it is more interesting to read about than to visit), the elephant in the entry of the Natural History Museum, the dresses of the First Ladies (probably my favorite part of the American History Museum), Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz (another exhibit in the American History Museum), and the National Zoo (something we didn't get to visit on our trip).

This is another good memento for families that have visited DC, but it can be an even better introduction to the Smithsonian museums for those planning a future trip.

4 out of 5 stars
AR reading level of 7.2

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