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Takes readers on a tour of the National Mall in the heart of Washington, D.C. to explore its many monuments, memorials, museums, and gardens, describing the historical significance of each location and what each site has to offer a visitor.
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Grades 3-6--With his daughter as photographer, the author takes readers on an introductory tour, briefly describing the monuments along the way: the Grant Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and so on. He also covers the Smithsonian Institution and the buildings on the Mall that help to make up this museum complex. In addition, he describes the flower and sculpture gardens, and special events that take place, particularly in the summer. There is some material on planned structures, including the memorial to World War II Veterans. "More About" sections offer additional information, such as the history, size, and construction of a monument. A number at the end of the text about each monument helps readers to locate the site on a map of the Mall that is in the center of the book; however, this coding system is not explained when the numbers first appear. There is also a map that shows Washington, D.C., in relation to its bordering states and the Mall's general location in the District. The mainly full-color photos, most by Jennifer Ashabranner, are small and sharp. The book is useful for first-time visitors or for those who simply want some basic information.
Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA
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Gr. 5-7. Abundant color photos and a narrative delivered with a tour guide's enthusiasm provide an engaging, informative tour of the National Mall's many attractions and the stories behind them. From the Washington Monument to the Smithsonian, readers walk the mall with the author, who disburses facts along with anecdotes and occasional personal musings to give liveliness and depth to historical and modern landmarks. Sidebars contain information on such topics as building design and historical background, and small but crystal-clear, captioned, full-color photos, by Ashabranner's daughter, show the beautiful architecture and setting. Maps and diagrams are provided for reference. The author also notes other places of interest to visitors--among them, the White House and the Holocaust Museum; visitor information is provided, though that may have changed following the September terrorist attacks. A good resource for introductory research, family vacations, and school trips that reflects Ashabranner's knowledge about and enjoyment of these national landmarks. Further readings and Web site resources are appended. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Book Description 21st Century, 2002. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110761323511