N is for Natural State: An Arkansas Alphabet
by Michael Shoulders
Discover the unspoiled beauty of Arkansas in N is for Natural State: An Arkansas Alphabet. Acansa is the Sioux Indian name for the state we know today as Arkansas and this begins our alphabet journey. Next you'll find Blanchard Springs Cavern with its 80,000 bats and then to D is for Diamonds, and learn the Natural State is the only state that mines them. Illustrator Rick Anderson's rich and colorful images bring the beautiful vision of Arkansas to all readers.
- Dewey: 976.7
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585360673): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2004, 11/01/2003
- PDF (9781585367580): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2010, 10/22/2010
- Hosted ebook (9781627533188): 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: 5.9
- ATOS Interest Level: MG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 74547
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / General (JNF038100)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts / Alphabet (JNF013010)
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Author: Michael Shoulders
Having been involved in education for more than 30 years, Dr. Michael Shoulders travels extensively, visiting schools and speaking at conferences across the country. In addition to authoring the companion title, Say Daddy!, he has written several books for Sleeping Bear Press, including G is for Gladiator: An Ancient Rome Alphabet. Mike lives in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Illustrator: Rick Anderson
Rick grew up in the Mississippi Delta where the summers are hot and long, the cotton grows waist high, the land is flat like a pancake, where the blues was born, and where southern hospitality is a virtue. Some people think that there is “magic” in the south. Whether this is true or not, it is where Rick began his love of art which continues today.
After high school, he attained his master’s degree in Art Education from Delta State University, and began his teaching career in 1975 in Mississippi. After teaching for 25 years, Rick retired from the classroom to continue working as a professional artist. Throughout his professional art career, Rick has exhibited throughout the United States, and has won over 150 awards in local, regional, and national exhibitions. His work is in both private and corporate collections.
In 2003 Rick illustrated his first children’s book, M is for Magnolia: A Mississippi Alphabet. He has gone on to publish three other titles with Sleeping Bear Press, with a fifth title in the works. Rick is also a professional speaker and literacy advocate, and he spends a lot of time presenting at schools, libraries, literacy conventions and festivals, sharing his experiences as an artist and illustrator of children’s books; as well as assisting school systems developing and updating their art curriculum. He is also member of the International Reading Association.
Rick lives in Clinton, Mississippi, with his wife Merrie, who is the librarian at Clinton Junior High. They have one son, Denman, a professional actor, currently residing in Washington, DC.
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