Introduce young learners to some of the nation's most important symbols.
In Alamo, readers will explore the meaning behind this symbolic structure located in modern-day San Antonio, Texas. This 16-page book uses colorful images and informative text to explain the history and symbolism of the Alamo as a symbol of independence in the United States.
The Visiting U.S. Symbols series for prekindergarten through grade 2 introduces young readers to important U.S. symbols and their locations, while also exploring the history and significance of each. By using language that early readers can understand, these colorful pages capture a child's attention while offering an in-depth look into some of America's most prized symbols.
Each title begins with a table of contents followed by a picture glossary with a photo from the book and a word from the text. The glossary engages readers and is repeated at the end of the text with the words defined and used in sentences. Comprehension and critical thinking questions and an index round out the back matter. Children of different skin tones populate each title. The background for each page is a color photograph related to the symbol, and one to two simple sentences are superimposed on it. A computer-generated car graphic appears intermittently throughout the series, perhaps to interest young readers. Some may find the car’s presence confusing since it shows up in odd places a few times. VERDICT A fine introduction to U.S. landmarks and nonfiction for the youngest of readers.