You are home An ode to the National Parks

Evan Turk

Book - 2019

"[A]uthor and illustrator Evan Turk showcases the beauty and importance of the National Parks in this gorgeous picture book that takes readers on an amazing tour across the United States. In simple, soaring language and breathtaking art, acclaimed author-illustrator Evan Turk has created a stirring ode to nature and nation. From the rugged coast of Maine to the fiery volcanoes of Hawaii, You Are Home reminds us that every animal, plant, and person helps make this land a brilliant, beautiful... sanctuary of life." --

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Subjects
Genres
Creative nonfiction
Informational works
Picture books
Published
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 28 x 28 cm
Audience
Age 5-6
Kindergarten
ISBN
9781534432826
1534432825
Main Author
Evan Turk (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* This love letter to America's national treasures is an important, informative invitation to experience and explore. Author-illustrator Turk (Heartbeat, 2018) offers spreads of well-known parks (Yosemite, Yellow Stone, Mesa Verde) and some lesser-known parks (Biscayne Bay, Olympic, Big Bend). Animals such as bison, bobcat, chipmunk, and elk, as well as physical features of the land (glaciers, mountains, rivers, volcanoes) are pictured. Lyrical free verse tells readers that the national parks are preserved for everyone, and when we visit them, we are home. Home, Turk says, is "a memory / of footsteps and wingbeats, / of sunrise and sunset . . . / a memory carried / through wind and rain, / echoing in canyons / carved way down deep / in the heart of the earth / and in our hearts alike." Margin-to-margin illustrations use pastels on black paper to create appealing views of select national parks; the name of the park featured on those pages is printed in the lower corner. Back matter includes an author's note, a map of all the national parks in the U.S., and a listing of the 27 featured in the book. Also included is a brief history of the national park system and a call to protect the parks. Preschool-Grade 3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Splendid landscapes by Turk (Heartbeat) celebrate America's national parks. In free verse that enumerates their natural riches, he pays homage to a number of parks (labeled in corresponding spreads) with the incantatory refrain of the title: "to the herds of elk/ trumpeting the arrival of fall;/ to the forests of twinkling aspen/ turned golden by the shortening days./ you are home." The title phrase applies to park visitors, too: "to the child in the city,/ surrounded by windows,/ noise, and crowds... you are home." In the text—and more fully in an author's note—Turk acknowledges that the parks' establishment sometimes meant the removal of their indigenous inhabitants: "to the child whose ancestors/ lived on these lands before the stars and stripes/ took them as their own./ you are still home." In consistently powerful spreads, the artist highlights the play of sun and shadow over mountains and canyons with fiery oranges, deep rusts and cobalts, and velvety black. There are 58 U.S. national parks, and 22 appear here, from Yosemite and Yellowstone to Biscayne Bay. It's hard to imagine a more fitting testament to their grandeur. Ages 4–8. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc. (June) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3—Turk takes readers on a visual journey through 25 national parks with the effect of perusing a travelogue. Each landscape spread features a different park subtly named in the bottom corner that sometimes includes wildlife or human visitors. The illustrations, rendered in pastel on black paper are, with a few notable exceptions (the Arches, Everglades, and Biscayne), predominantly dark. Touches of yellows, blues, and greens lighten most pages, but the cumulative effect is one of darkness. Endpapers depict a sunrise and a starry night sky; most pages in between have a dawn, dusk or nighttime feel. Back matter includes a U.S. map with all 58 National Parks indicated, author notes, and further information about the featured parks and animals. Unfortunately, the print on the "More About" page is so small only the hardiest of young readers might believe it was meant for them. The text is indeed a classic ode with the refrain, "you are home." Turk first addresses the creatures you might encounter in the parks, turns his attention to "the child in the city," "the child on the farm," and then immigrants and "ancestors," touching upon the irony that many of these lands were home to Native Americans before the "stars and stripes took them as their own," only to preserve the land as "a place for all." VERDICT Rather than sparking young readers' interest in our National Parks, this earnest but abstract picture book will be most appreciated by those who are already familiar with them.—Lynn Van Auken, Oak Bluffs School, MA Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Author and illustrator Evan Turk showcases the beauty and importance of the National Parks in this gorgeous picture book that takes readers on an amazing tour across the United States. In simple, soaring language and breathtaking art, acclaimed author-illustrator Evan Turk has created a stirring ode to nature and nation. From the rugged coast of Maine to the fiery volcanoes of Hawaii, You Are Home reminds us that every animal, plant, and person helps make this land a brilliant, beautiful sanctuary of life." --

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The award-winning creator of The Storyteller celebrates the beauty and importance of America's national parks, combining lyrical verses with sumptuous illustrations of protected areas ranging from the Maine coast to the Hawaiian volcanoes. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Offers an ode to the United States national parks, and reminds readers that every animal, plant, and person in these parks are an integral part of what makes the land beautiful.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Award-winning author and illustrator Evan Turk showcases the beauty and importance of the National Parks in this gorgeous picture book that takes readers on an amazing tour across the United States.Beneath the soaring doorways of stone, and peaks that pierce the ceiling of clouds, from every river, star, and stone comes the eternal refrain: you are home.In simple, soaring language and breathtaking art, acclaimed author-illustrator Evan Turk has created a stirring ode to nature and nation. From the rugged coast of Maine to the fiery volcanoes of Hawaii, You Are Home reminds us that every animal, plant, and person helps make this land a brilliant, beautiful sanctuary of life.