From Judy and Ross Young, the husband-and-wife author-illustrator team behind S Is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet, comes another rousing state tribute. Using numbers as its backdrop, Show Me the Number: A Missouri Number Book gives an entertaining and educational travelogue of the state’s history, geography, famous people, and places.
Beginning readers enjoy the simply rhymes while older children discover facts about each number topic in the sidebar expository. Missouri has flown 3 flags: From France, then Spain, then the U.S.A. The red and white stripes and 50 stars is the one still flown today. From cave-dwelling prehistoric animals to “King og Ragtime: Scott Joplin to the sunken steamboat Arabia, Missouri’s wonders are revealed. Readers of all ages will come to appreciate and understand why Missouri is truly the “Show Me” state.
About the Author
Judy Young 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, 2008. 40 pages. Full color illustrations. Suggested interest level: ages 6-8.