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Tour America: A Journey Through Poems and Art

by Diane Siebert
Illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson

Published by Chronicle, 2006
56 pages

Ages 8-14

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In her author’s note, Diane Siebert explains the genesis of the poems in this collection: a summer trip touring the United States that turned into a ten-year journey. The poems here are ones she wrote about some of her favorite sites along the way, from Paul Bunyan’s statue in Bemidji, Minnesota, to the Aurora Borealis in Alaska; Cadillac Ranch in Texas to New York’s Niagra Falls (“. . . great tumbling walls / of water / frothy white / all pouring down / and roaring down / and / rainbowed by the light.”). There are twenty-six poems representing a variety of natural and man-made attractions. Stephen T. Johnson painted a stirring visual accompaniment for each. The sites are pinpointed on a U.S. map on the book’s opening pages, and again on smaller maps that appear with the poems along with information about the specific subjects.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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