P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet

Cover: P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet

Continuing the great Discover American State By State series is P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet. That's right, Idaho! Sleeping Bear Press explores the lush land and rich history of a state so often overlooked. Kids of all ages will love the A to Z rhymes boasting about all the riches 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. Every page expands on the rhyme and introduces the readers to more interesting facts, places and people that have helped make Idaho the unique treasure it is. Lyrically written by Idaho's own husband and wife team, Stan and Joy Steiner, P is for Potato excels through the love and knowledge of their home state. 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. It's rare to find a children's book on our 43rd state, but it's a great discovery to when you can offer one this well done.



  • Dewey: 979.6
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585361557): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2005, 03/11/2005
  • PDF (9781585367566): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2010, 10/15/2010
  • Hosted ebook (9781627533560): 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: 6.6
  • ATOS Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 87698
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0

BISAC Subjects


  • Idaho Alphabet Center for the Book selection for exhibit at the National Book Festival, Winner, 2005


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Author: Stan Steiner

Stan Steiner is The Bookman. Anyone who takes his classes at Boise State University is inspired to read good books; anyone who hears Dr. Stan read a book wants to read another. Prior to his present position teaching children's and young adult literature at Boise State University, he taught elementary school for 15 years. Stan and his wife, Joy, present across America, combining their love of literature and story. P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet is Stan's first book for Sleeping Bear Press.

Author: Joy Steiner

Joy Steiner tells stories with a sense of adventure. She has backpacked over snow cornices still clinging to the mountains in July; canoed past cottonwoods cluttered with great blue heron nests, leapt into icy high mountain lakes green with glacier dust; and snorkeled with barracuda in the warm gulf waters of Mexico. These experiences inspire her performances of original stories and world folk tales. P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet is Joy's first book for Sleeping Bear Press.

Illustrator: Jocelyn Slack

Jocelyn's childhood memories include a home filled with canvases, sculptures and the smell of turpentine and oil paints. She was allowed to work on many projects with her mom's wonderful array of artist's materials. Jocelyn attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California and studied for several summers at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada.Jocelyn divides her time between Garden Valley, Idaho on the South Fork of the Payette River and Wilson, Wyoming. Her work as an artist has included murals, sandblasted glass, magazine illustration, logo design, and T-shirt and fabric design. She also produces limited edition prints.She and her husband love to ski, run rivers and hike. They have a daughter, Luna, two cats and nine chickens.