Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, class is in session as we embark on a journey of EDUTAINMENT with the latest releases from none other than author Monica Kulling. I've featured her works here on the site many times before and I'm always happy to shine the spotlight her way once again. You know why? Because...her titles are not only gems to behold in the story telling and illustrations, but educational as well, a combination that works for reluctant readers (whether it be the activity or the material) of all ages.
Personally, for me, it's the material because we already KNOW I love to read. ^-^ Case in point, I've received a book or two in recent times highlighting a historical figure or two (specifically Mr. Alexander Hamilton) and I've had to pass them by. Grant it, they landed in good hands (classrooms and libraries), but they just weren't for me. These two though, there was no doubt I'd take a journey through their pages. So, if you'd be so kind, join me as we learn a little more about two people from our past that left their imprint on our here-and-now...
From Orphan to Founding Father
by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Valerio Fabbretti
Here, we have a glimpse of the life and times of Alexander Hamilton. So many facts are threaded into a story that is inviting, yet not overwhelming. Did you know he was an orphan? Or ran a business at 14 years of age? Or sent to America to go to college? Or that his most famous written work is our Constitution? Or even how he passed on from this life? Betcha didn't, at least not all of it, and guess what? This little beauty filled with illustrations to bring his woe-filled tale to life will leave you with a new understanding of the challenges accepted, faced and conquered.
George Ferris's Big Wheel
by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Gene Barretta
So many facts in such a short span of pages, but the impact they make is what really counts. Did you know George Ferris designed the bridge that spans Allegheny River in my home state? Or that the design for the ride came from his childhood days of watching a waterwheel? How about that his original wheel was set for the 1893 World's Fair...but he didn't finish in time?! That's right...and they thought he was out of his mind for even attempting to build such a thing! Did that stop him? No sir! He kept going until the job was done and so the Ferris Wheel made its debut in June to much aplomb and still continues to be a staple enjoyed by the masses at fairs and the like, the world over. The story combined with the colorful illustrations bring that journey from idea to reality to life in a way that readers of all ages will leave not only informed but with a new appreciation for the ingenuity behind the invention.
So step into history with the STEP INTO READING series and make a place on your shelf for Monica Kulling's latest releases! They are BOTH available now via Random House, so be on the lookout for them on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
Special thanks to author Monica Kulling for the SIGNED copies for review. (THANK YOU!) For more information on these titles, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.
Until next time, remember....if it looks good, READ IT!