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B is for Beaver

B is for Beaver

An Oregon Alphabet

by Marie Smith, Roland Smith
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Hardcover, 40 pages
Current Retail Price: $17.95

The Beaver State was considered the promised land for thousands of travelers at the end of the Oregon Trail and it's so much more—Pacific coast state, home to Mount Hood, and the beautifully colored Kiger mustangs.

Authors Mare and Roland Smith weave rhyming text with informative state facts taking readers through the alphabet beginning with Astoria, a fort built long ago, to a taste of marionberries and the state beverage, milk. Discover the City of Roses and the capital, Salem. Finish this wonderful journey at the 100-year-old Oregon Zoo.

Illustrator Michael Roydon's stunning illustrations make these delightful images available to all. Michael is a native Oregonian and has traveled to all the places illustrated in B is for Beaver: An Oregon Alphabet.

Smith's rhyming verse and sidebar expository text illuminate the wonders of Hell's Canyon, the lush lands of the Willamette Valley, and the surging seas of the neighboring Pacific Ocean.

 

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  ABCs of My State
Sincerelyornot of Oregon, 2/2/2012
I love educational books that you can read aloud, and this one rhymes too! Enough said. I'll say more anyway since the book is pretty long, like 30 pages or so. The rhymes aren't that long, though, so its still totally readable for shorter attention spans. Also, it covers alot of ground: state mineralogy, major sights, history, biology, even a bit of modern geography.