Yosemite by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by John Wallace

     Yosemite (Wonders of America) by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by John Wallace. Simon Spotlight an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, 9781534477827 (hc) 9781534477810 (pb), 2020.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book?  This Level One Ready-to-Read is part of a broader series that explores many other important landmarks and national parks. Bauer brings the wonder and significance of Yosemite to the level of an emerging reader without sacrificing quality or content. The text is inviting as it hooks the reader by asking probing questions about waterfalls and Sequoia trees. The vibrant watercolor illustrations complement the text, allowing the young reader to visualize Yosemite and its history and feel as if he or she is in the park climbing El Capitan or admiring the breathtaking flora and fauna. The end pages provide fun facts to further a reader’s appreciation of this amazing national treasure.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Young readers who enjoy non-fiction texts and as a primary grade read aloud as either part of a social studies lesson or just for fun.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Early reader

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes! It would be great to purchase the series and have it available for young readers.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northborough, MA

Date of review: 3/23/2021

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