Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea {Review}

There are so many things I love about this country.  One thing that stands out to me is how diverse it is.  From cultures to ethnicity to topography, variation is one of the things that make it great.  The great melange from coast to coast makes for a wonderful harmony that is found nowhere else in this world.  That is why Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea is a wonderful children’s book that I was happy to add to my collection.

Discover_America.jpgSet against the lyrics of the beloved Patriotic hymn, Discover America is a beautiful book that shows just a few the things that makes America unique.

Baseball and hot dogs… classic Americana (I’m hungry all of a sudden).

Discover_America_Spread_3.jpgThe famous New York City skyline (that looks so different than it did 13 years ago).

The celebration of local customs and traditions.  This reminded me of the New Mexico Balloon Festival (complete with the Rockies in the background).

One thing I love about this country is the varied topography.  We have everything from rain forests to deserts, mountains to plains.  In a single state we can have popular ski resorts…


And some of the most beautiful desert rock formations on earth.

Julie Olsen has a gift.  Just look at those fabulous illustrations!  Her visions of this country certainly puts a new spin on a beloved classic.  Following a red balloon from west to east, we see the different people and different view from sea to shining sea.

But the fun doesn’t end there, at  you can read about the inspiration for the book, the illustration process, Primary and Intermediate grade lesson plans, and coloring pages (including pages for each of the 50 states with state bird, state flower, and state capital).

I love this book and I love hearing my girls read it to my wide eyed and awed boys.



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