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An Idaho children’s book

strickland MICHAEL
STRICKLAND

 
Literacy

I first met Stan “The Bookman” Steiner at a reading conference many years ago. He was dubbed “The Bookman” by his students because of his vast knowledge of children’s literature. That is why I was very pleased to see that the acclaimed Discover America State by State series continued with his P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet. Lyrically written with his wife Joy, this title explores the lush land and rich history of a state too often overlooked.

Kids of all ages wil love the A to Z rhymes boasting about all the treasures found within Idaho’s borders — from the Appaloosa steed to the zinc mines to Mount Borah, to, you knew we couldn’t forget it, the potato. But after a few pages readers will also allow peregrine, Union Pacific, Quinceanera, Nex Perce, and other Idaho icons to share in the spotlight.

Amazon reveiwer K. Rue wrote:

The cover of this book caught my attention and once I glanced inside I was completely captivated. I purchased 4 copies. One for myself and one for each of our three children – to read to our eleven grandchildren. We live in Idaho but none of them do. What a wonderful way for them to learn about our state. Additionally, I placed a copy in my piano studio. It has been reviewed by numerous students and parents. All have been extremely impressed. The format allows one to enjoy the highlights with beautiful water color illustrations or read on for more in depth information.

Educators can find many wonderful and engaging strategies in this free teachers guide to the book.

A. M. Hansen added:

As a librarian and former early childhood educator, I was very impressed with this book for several reasons. I first heard about the book while researching my family history on various Idaho Internet sites. The main reason I purchased the book is I had read that my great grandmother was in it. Upon review of the book, I was so excited about the wonderful write up about Emma Yearian, Sheep Queen of Idaho, and that an alphabet letter had been designated just to her. In addition, I was elated that I was able to share this book with my Mother, which would be her grandmother. My Mother, whom just recently turned 88, resides with me and will be purchasing more books to give away as gifts. My co-worker, 90 years of age, and who has been a librarian for years, also loved this book. He often will mention to me, with a big smile on his face, how much he likes the illustration of the big potato on the flatbed train. I especially enjoyed the beautiful water colored illustrations. I felt like I was in beautiful Idaho again. I would highly recommend this book for every school and library in the State of Idaho.

Other critics chimed in, including blogger Limelite, who runs the Readers & Book Lovers thread on Daily Kos. “Sounds delightful!” she said.

You write about this series in such an inviting way that I’m inspired to learn my ABCs all over again. I think the organizing premise of state-by-state alphabet books is brilliant. Geography and literacy go hand in hand.

Reminds me that many kids first learn to read by reading road signs and advert logos from the windows of the family care during road trips.

Remember that old license plate game kids used to play? Reading and geography partner up again.

The text comes dancing to brilliant life behind the talented strokes of illustrator – and Idaho native — Jocelyn Slack’s brush. “P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet” is as unique as Idaho itself. The Steiner’s “P is for Potato” excels through the love and knowledge of their home state.

It is not only rare to find a children’s book on our 43rd state, but it is a great discovery when children can find this one is done well.

On the front pages

news

Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Otter calls for school funding increase (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune, Pocatello Journal)
More on aftermath of Moscow shooting spress (Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
Caldwell factory gets tax incentive (Nampa Press Tribune)
Flu spreads in southeast Idaho (Pocatello Journal)
Hunting, fishing fees may rise (Pocatello Journal)

Ducks lose championship game (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal, Medford Tribune, Pendleton E Oregonian)
Kitzhaber sworn in to fourth term (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Medford Tribune, Pendleton E Oregonian)
Klamath economic development tries to go more private (KF Herald & News)
Local schools seek more unity with college credits (KF Herald & News)

Study finds watery soil added to Oso slide (Everett Herald)
Transportation high priority for legislature (Everett Herald)
UO Ducks lose national championship (Vancouver Columbian, Longview News)
Senate changes rules to set 2/3 for taxes (Spokesman Review, Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic, Olympian, Longview News)
Thurston sheriff talks about opening closed jail (Olympian)
More riders for Seattle air shuttle (Port Angeles News)
Lots of seabirds dying off (Port Angeles News)
Seattle will look at viaduct tunnel stress (Seattle Times)
City driveway proposal becomes abortion debate (Spokane Spokesman)
Pam Roach wins Senate leadership spot (Tacoma News Tribune)
10th airline squadron of Lewis-McChord in decline (Tacoma News Tribune)