S is for Smithsonian America's museum alphabet

Marie Smith, 1951-

Book - 2010

A rhyming alphabet that looks at people and things associated with the Smithsonian Museum and provides background information on each one.

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Published
Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press c2010.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Item Description
"Smithsonian Institution."
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill., col. maps ; 27 x 29 cm
ISBN
9781585363148
1585363146
Main Author
Marie Smith, 1951- (-)
Corporate Author
Smithsonian Institution (-)
Other Authors
Roland Smith, 1951- (-), Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The first entry captures the flow of the Smiths' latest alphabet book: use an often unexpected word (aviatrix) to tell an interesting story (that of Amelia Earhart), note where a key artifact is stored (Earhart's Lockheed Vega 5B is in the National Air and Space Museum), possibly offer up a second entry (airplane), and illustrate with a subdued painting and a graceful poem: "A is for Amelia Earhart, / an aviatrix who pioneered / women's aviation / before she disappeared." This enticing take on the Smithsonian introduces subjects as varied as doll houses, civil rights, and the Hope Diamond and closes with an excellent map of the National Mall. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A young person's introduction to the Institute's museum complex and some of its most famous exhibits includes age-appropriate descriptions of the Hope Diamond, Dorothy's ruby slippers and Amelia Earhart's airplane.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A rhyming alphabet that looks at people and things associated with the Smithsonian Museum and provides background information on each one.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Introduces the Institute's museum complex and some of its most famous exhibits, including descriptions of the Hope Diamond, Dorothy's ruby slippers, and Amelia Earhart's airplane.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Where can one find the world's largest mounted African elephant? Or the world's largest blue diamond? Why, at the world's largest museum complex and research organization, of course! In S is for Smithsonian® readers can take an armchair tour of the incredible exhibitions and collections found in the Smithsonian Museum. When it opened in 1855, no one could have imagined that the Smithsonian Museum would grow to include 19 museums, nine research centers, or over 130 million objects, artworks, and specimens collected from all over the world. With over 25 million visitors a year, the Smithsonian truly is the world's largest museum! See the airplane Amelia Earhart flew on her solo Atlantic flight. Admire diamond earrings that once belonged to Marie Antoinette. From A-Z, S is for Smithsonian® explores the amazing objects and memorable displays that are part of this remarkable museum. Marie and Roland Smith have collaborated on several alphabet titles, including B is for Beaver: An Oregon Alphabet and Z is for Zookeeper: A Zoo Alphabet. They live on a small farm south of Portland. The author of many books for children, Roland has also penned Sleeping Bear Press's middle-grade series, I, Q. Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen has illustrated more than 20 books with Sleeping Bear Press, including the bestselling The Legend of Sleeping Bear; The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell; and most recently, Itsy Bitsy & Teeny Weeny. He and his wife, Robbyn, live in Bath, Michigan, on their 40-acre farm and wildlife refuge.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

From the Hope Diamond to Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, readers can take an armchair tour to the incredible exhibitions found in the Smithsonian Museum.