Casey Jacobs calls himself "the unofficial tour guide" for every aunt, uncle, cousin, and friend who comes to his hometown. In his book, Casey Goes to Washington: The Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Memorial Tour, eight-year-old Casey takes readers on a private walking tour of the capital, where--in addition to the typical tourist landmarks--he reveals the mysteries of secret elevators, the locations of the cleanest restrooms, and the place that has the best grilled-cheese sandwich in town. Casey's book is a charming combination of enthusiastic child and sophisticated history buff.
He, along with his brother Connor and friends Niko, Dillon, Emily, and Janay, starts his tour at the Washington Monument and explains the two ways to get to the lookout point. After a stop at the reflecting pool, it's off to an exploration of the Lincoln Memorial. Next, a stop at the Jefferson Memorial rounds out the day's excursion. Accompanying text describes the history of each historic place from Casey's unique perspective. The book captures the beauty of Washington in full-color pictures with the help of another of Casey's friends, professional photographer Andrew Linden.
What compelled this enterprising youngster to write a book, other than his love for the nation's capital? "When I decided to write a book, I first thought about having fun and making money," he explains. "But I wondered, 'Then what?' That's when I knew I wanted to help other people with my books too. There are so many children that aren't as lucky as I am." Consequently, a portion of the proceeds from Casey Goes to Washington will go toward Casey's Milk for Madagascar project, which sends dry milk, vitamins, and other items to help children in that country. Casey's future plans include building a guest home where volunteers can come and visit orphans of Betikara, Madagascar. And he hopes some day to raise enough money to build a medical facility for the children there.
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It's not every day that the average eight-year-old becomes a published author, but clearly Casey Jacobs is not the average eight-year-old. He is the author of Casey Goes to Washington: The Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Memorial Tour, which offers a unique perspective of the nation's capital.
"Washington, DC, is a fun and busy place to visit," writes Casey. "It's over 200 years old and has so much to see. So put on your jacket and comfortable shoes, and let's take a walk."
The tour, in which Casey is accompanied by his brother and a few good friends, starts at the Washington Monument. After a brief written history of the landmark, as well as its namesake, the group moves on to the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. These too are described in detail, including pertinent facts about the two presidents after whom they are named.
In addition to these typical tourist attractions, Casey's walking tour reveals other important information, such as the locations of secret elevators, the cleanest restrooms, and the vendors where shoppers might be able to bargain for two-for-one souvenirs. Also included is a helpful map of the national mall and websites for each of the monuments.
Stunning photographs of the monuments and Casey and his friends appear on every page, most of which were taken by photographer Andrew Linden. Linden's credentials include a 12-year stint as the official photographer for the President's Own U.S. Marine Band. His images have been published in the Washington Post, New York Times, Time, Life, and National Archives Quarterly.From the Inside Flap:
Come join eight-year-old Casey on a private walking tour of hte nation's capital. Explore Washington,DC's famous landmarks and the leaders from whom they were named. Uncover the mysteries of secret elevators, clean restrooms, and the best grilled-cheese sandwich in town--all through the eyes of a child named Casey.
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Book Description Promise Publishing Group LLC, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0976644002