T is for Twin Cities: A Minneapolis/St. Paul Alphabet
by Nancy Carlson and Helen L. Wilbur
The Twin Cities region of Minnesota has long been recognized as a hub of history, culture, commerce, and education. Now in T is for Twin Cities: A Minneapolis/St. Paul Alphabet, readers can explore the many treasures the area has to offer. Visit the celebrated state capitol building in St. Paul, which was modeled after Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. Meet cartoonist Charles Schulz of "Peanuts" fame and "Prairie Home Companion" radio personality Garrison Keillor, just a few of the famous Minnesotans profiled. And learn why Minneapolis is called the "City of Lakes" while enjoying the Twin Cities region's many outdoor recreational opportunities.
- Dewey: 977.6/579
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585365838): 32 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2012, 09/01/2012
- PDF (9781627531047): 32 pages, © 2013, 06/01/2013
- Hosted ebook (9781627535380): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Subject: Language Arts
- Series: City Alphabet
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 8
- ATOS Reading Level: 7.3
- ATOS Interest Level: MG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 153807
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town Life (JNF031000)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts / Alphabet (JNF013010)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / General (JNF038100)
A Review of "T is for Twin Cities: A Minneapolis/St. Paul Alphabet" in Midwest Book Review
Reviewed on 1 October 2012
“T is for Twin Cities: A Minneapolis/St. Paul Alphabet” is a historically based colorful alphabet book that explores famous landmarks and traditions of the Minneapolis/ St, Paul area in Minnesota. Every page features a letter related to a special Twin Cities feature, subject, or topic, with an explanatory paragraph accompanied by a full page color illustration of the subject. In a popular example, “T is for Twin Cities” tells of the famous comic artist, Charles Schultz (for “C”), former Twin Cities resident and creator of Peanuts, Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown. Other representative choices include “A is for art,” with a picture of the spoonbridge fountain with a cherry in Minneapolis, and “G is for Tyrone Guthrie,” founder of Minneapolis’ famous Guthrie Theater. Other popular alphabet choices include Vikings, State Fair, Keillor (Garrison), and University, in addition to River, Ice, and Zero degrees. Written for children ages 6-10, “T is for Twin Cities” is a great way to introduce kids to many fun facts and fascinating background stories of the beautiful Twin Cities area in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Author: Nancy Carlson
Nancy Carlson has spent her entire life in the Twin Cities area. She is the author and illustrator of more than 60 picture books. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Author: Helen L. Wilbur
A former librarian, Helen L. Wilbur spent many years in the world of publishing. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University.
Helen’s award-winning children’s books include Finnegan and Fox: The Ten-Foot Cop (2014 Bank Street Best Books of the Year for Children, 2013 Creative Child Seal of Excellence Award), Lily’s Victory Garden (2011 Storytelling World Resource Honor Award: Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners Category, 2011 IRA Teacher’s Choices Reading List – Primary Category), Z is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet (2009 Mom’s Choice Award) and M is for Meow: A Cat Alphabet (a 2007 ASPCA Henry Bergh Honor Book).
She shares her writing experiences at conferences, schools, and libraries. Helen lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and spends her summers in the mountains of New Hampshire. Read more about her at helenwilbur.com.
Illustrator: David Geister
Artist Dave Geister tells stories through his historical paintings and costumed storytelling. He enjoys doing school visits almost as much as painting children’s book illustrations. Teachers and librarians often comment on the rapport that Dave establishes with children and staff and how he encourages them to do their art.
Dave is married to Pat Bauer, author of his most recent book B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet.