Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday . It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because the book is non-fiction and has some great information about an important and historical American city, Philadelphia.
By Elaine A. Kelly and Jean R. Carl
Illustrated by Cathleen L. Noone
24 pages – ages 4+
Published by Kelcity Books in 2009
Theme/Topic – History / Culture
Opening and Synopsis – “Philadelphia, the city so old. Philadelphia, where history is told. The places you go, the things you see, Are all a part of our history.”
This picture book talks about the many things to do and places to see in Philadelphia. It shows historical sights like the Liberty Bell and Betsy Ross’ house and cultural things like the Mummers and Philly cheesesteaks! It is a great introduction to what makes Philadelphia special. **Note** for those of you who don’t know what a mummer is…
Why I liked this book – I liked this book because of the simple but colorful illustrations, the rhyme of the story and the history mentioned. I liked that the book is non-fiction. I am a fan of history and learning about cultures and I think it is important to have kids learn about different places in the world (and, well, I am favoring this book because I am from right outside Philadelphia 😉 ). I think the book is a great read-aloud and parents and kids can discover the great things about Philly!
Activities and Resources – Parents could get their kids a world map and pick a city or country to learn about. They can go online or to the library and find out information about the place they chose. Put a pin in the map for every place you learn about to keep track of where in the world you studied. My mom also suggested Google Earth (good idea mom). With Google Earth you can go anywhere in the world and see what it looks like. I also think parents could take their kids to a historic site near them to learn even more about the place where they live. What great historic sites are around you that you’ve NEVER visited?
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