M is for Mountain State: A West Virginia Alphabet
by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle
With its multitude of mountains and the highest elevation east of the Rockies, it's no wonder West Virginia's nickname is the "Mountain State." Abundant natural resources make it a leader in both industry and recreation, from glassmaking to rock climbing. Historic sites and sights include Harper's Ferry and the annual Native American Pow Wow, along with Lost World Caverns and White Sulphur Springs. Noteworthy West Virginians include Chuck Yeager and Olympian Mary Lou Retton. Mary Ann McCabe Riehle learned to appreciate the importance of reading and writing while growing up in the neighboring state of Kentucky. She graduated from Xavier University with a degree in Communication Arts and Education and has been a featured author and guest speaker at reading, writing, and library conferences. Mary Ann lives in Michigan with her husband, two daughters and their dog, Bisbee. Laura J. Bryant attended the Maryland Institute of Art and spent many years working in the display industry, which involved both illustrating, and designing scenery for projects including stage backdrops and corporate galas. She currently devotes all of her attention to the creation of children's books. Laura's other titles include A Fairy in a Dairy, Smudge Bunny, and the bestselling book God Gave Us You. Laura and her husband live in Mathias, West Virginia.
- Dewey: 975.4
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585361519): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2004, 07/21/2004
- PDF (9781585367559): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2010, 10/22/2010
- Hosted ebook (9781627533522): 40 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Subject: Geography, Language Arts
- Series: Discover America State by State
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 8
- ATOS Reading Level: 6.5
- ATOS Interest Level: MG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 80720
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / State & Local (JNF025180)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / General (JNF038100)
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Author: Mary Ann McCabe Riehle
As a teacher, author, and mother, Mary Ann McCabe Riehle has motivated young students and adults to follow their dreams and tell their stories. A graduate of Xavier University with degrees in Communication Arts and Education, she has been a featured speaker at reading and writing conferences. She hopes her children’s books will encourage and inspire readers. Mary Ann lives in Dexter, Michigan with her husband, Paul and daughters, Bridget and Ellen.
Illustrator: Laura J. Bryant
Laura J. Bryant attended the Maryland Institute of Art and spent many years working in the display industry, which involved both illustrating and designing scenery for projects including stage backdrops and corporate galas. She currently devotes all of her attention to the creation of children’s books. Laura’s other titles include A Fairy in a Dairy, Smudge Bunny and the best-selling book God Gave Us You. Laura and her husband live in Mathias, West Virginia.
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