Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Discover America by Julie Olson


More than a book. It's an online experience!
Follow the patriotic journey of a little red balloon as it makes its way from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States.
Through delightful illustrations and the words of "America the Beautiful," one of America's most beloved anthems, children will discover the beauty and diversity of their country. At DiscoverAmericaBook.com they can launch their own balloon while learning fun facts about all fifty states.
Julie Olson was born in the East, grew up in the Midwest, and now lives in the West. She developed a deep love for all parts of America as she lived in and traveled through various places. Since graduating with a BFA degree in illustration from Brigham Young University, she strives through her work to uplift and encourage others to be better.
You can learn more about Julie and her other creations by visiting JulieOlsonillustrator.com.
Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929) taught English at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Her most famous poem, “America the Beautiful,” was inspired by the view from Pike’s Peak, near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Published in 1893, it became the lyrics to the well-known anthem shortly thereafter.
Olson does a really nice job illustrating this classic song that is one of my favorites. I especially enjoyed the balloon motif which connects all the children in all the illustrations to each other.  The map at the end which shows all the different locations which the illustrator included was greatly appreciated by me, I like knowing where things are.  This book provides a sweet and beautiful way to introduce children to many different places and people that exist in the United States of America.  It's also a powerful reminder of the many sacrifices that have been made to help our country survive. I also appreciated the inclusion of a Muslim woman and the Amish, as well as boys and girls of all shapes, sizes, and colors.  A book that celebrates the best that America has to offer.

Here are some of the illustrations from the book!




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