Tuesday, March 15, 2016

S IS FOR SLEEPNG BEAR DUNES: A NATIONAL LAKESHORE ALPHABET by Kathy-Jo Wargin. Illus. by Gjisbert van Frankenhuyzen.  Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2015. 32p. ISBN 9781585369171 hc. $16.99    Gr. 2-5   JUV NF

Take a guided tour of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, near Traverse City in northern Michigan through Wargin's poems and informational text.  The poetry offers younger readers a quick trip through the pages, while the factual paragraphs in smaller text allow older readers to absorb more in-depth information.  Besides learning about the geography, the local culture, and the history of the area, readers are treated to a visual feast of van Frankenhuyzen's illustrations.  A resident of Michigan himself, van Frankenhuyzen accurately portrays the lakeshore experience in vivid oil paintings.  Every classroom in the Midwest will want this book in their libraries.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center

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