S is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet is a book for all ages. Young children will enjoy learning the alphabet. Older children and adults will learn about Missouri’s history, geography, famous people, events, plants, and wildlife. Everyone, young and old, will love to look at the colorful illustrations and “show each other” the hidden details in the pictures. Flip through pages and enjoy the poems that “show off” the Show Me State.
Judy & Ross Young's combined belief that children comprehend intricate ideas at a very young age made it possible for them to seamlessly create S is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet. The husband and wife team elegantly synthesize text and illustration to provide a rich texture of the Show Me State. The alphabet book employs a two-tiered approach that reaches Pre-K through 6th grade students. A rhyme for each letter of the alphabet catches the attention of younger readers, while older elementary students grasp a richer understanding of the topic by reading expository information on the same page.
About the Author
Judy received her MA in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Tulsa and formerly worked in the public schools for 20 years. Her first book was published in 2001, and in 2004, Judy left the schools to fulfill her dream of writing full-time. A frequent speaker at schools, children’s lit fests and professional educational conferences, Judy’s firsthand experience in the schools makes her programs not only entertaining, but directly related to school curriculum.
About the Illustrator
The art of Ross B. Young is often associated with paintings of the world’s greatest sporting dogs. He also paints wildlife and landscapes. Ross has been a professional artist since he received his Masters of Arts in Painting from the University of Tulsa in 1980. His artwork has been displayed in national and international art shows, galleries and museums.
Published by Sleeping Bear Press, hardback, 2001. 40 pages. Full-color illustrations. Suggested interest level: ages 6-8.