Tuesday, June 8, 2010

S is for Smithsonian by Marie and Roland Smith

S is for Smithsonian: America's Museum Alphabet by Marie and Roland Smith.  Illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2010.

My family visited the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Udvar-Hazy Center) on a recent trip to Washington, D.C.  While there I quickly purchased S is for Smithsonian as the perfect way to remember our trip.  The book does not disappoint!

From the Wright Flyer to Dorothy's ruby slippers, reading this book gives you snapshots of exhibits in the 19 museums and zoo that comprise the Smithsonian Institution.

When you read "S" you learn that an English scientist named James Smithson willed his fortune to the U.S. with the stipulation that we create the "Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men." Very interesting!

One of my favorite parts of the book is actually on-line.  A free study guide is available for you to download and print.  The guide contains worksheets and follow-up activities for you to use after reading the book and visiting the museums (or viewing the museum website via the link provided).

If you are planning a visit to a Smithsonian Museum, or just want to learn more about them, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of S is for Smithsonian!!

2 comments:

Amy said...

Never seen it, but it sounds excellent! We love those books! What a perfect momento!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

It came out just a couple of months ago. I found it while looking for other books on-line. It's so new my library and local book stores didn't have it yet. But the Smithsonian Museum we visited did. :)

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