A is for Arches
This review was written by: Amanda Schmieder
About the Book
A is for Arches: A Utah Alphabet takes readers on an unexpected journey from past to present, exploring the hidden gems of Utah! In this book, young readers will experience a diversity of treasures presented by alphabetical tour of commonly-known and obscure facts. Weaving snappy rhymes with informative narratives, A is for Arches: A Utah Alphabet, is perfect for kids of any age.
From dinosaurs and deserts to historic railroads and elk ranches, Utah has something for everyone! Having lived in Utah for nearly a decade, I can confirm that A is for Arches: A Utah Alphabet is not only accurate, but provides an excellent snapshot of the Beehive State’s many wonders.
Author Becky Hall provides a hearty mix of topics ranging from state symbols, treasures, and history to native peoples, animals, geography and even achievements of local residents—all relayed in an educational and entertaining way. Even I learned several new facts along the way!
Hall essentially commingles two books in one by giving readers a choice between lighter rhyming prose and a deep dive into more lengthy narratives. Regardless of which path you choose, you’re bound to fall in love with the illustrations. From the deserts of the southern part of the state to the snow-capped mountains, the pictures alone offer a wonderful journey through this diverse landscape.
When you’ve wrapped up your tour, Hall even gives you the chance to test your knowledge with a pop quiz. Whether you’re a Utah native, a visitor planning your next trip, or someone who can’t find Utah on a map—consider A is for Arches a must-read for anyone who loves a good roadtrip!
About the Author
Becky Hall is an elementary school teacher and librarian living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and actively participates with her local library and media association as well as writing workshops. In her free time, she explores and hikes in the beautiful mountains of Utah with dogs.
About the Illustrator
Katherine Larson is a woman of many talents and passions. She is a fine artist, muralist, graphic designer, children’s book illustrator and classical singer. In the Alphabet Series of books from Sleeping Bear Press, Larson illustrated not only A is for Arches, but also G is for Grand Canyon: An Arizona Alphabet.
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