Just in time for independence day! Phew...this was A LOT of maps. Have you been to every state in the US? I have most certainly not. I'm a West Coast gal having been born in British Columbia, Canada. I moved to California as a teen and have lived here ever since except for a 4 year stint in Oregon. I have traveled to Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii and Louisiana (many years ago) but that's it! I actually love to travel but just haven't done that much in the US. The United States is so big and so varied I've always been interested in how regional differences have been a part of people's identities here. Also, just thinking and listening to people's stories during this strange time in the modern history the US has been quite eye-opening. I know we will come out the other side of this pandemic one way or another without a doubt, it will leave a mark. This coloring book is very much not about any of that. It's maps (which I love!) and birds, flowers, animals and insects. My filler shapes are cute little trees with some mountains. I like the balance of these big shapes (the symbols) and the little, simple trees as filler. It makes for an interesting looking map. I had a hard time learning all the state capitals when I moved to US and could have really used this coloring book! It was really fun to illustrate. Below are some sample pages (first 6 alphabetical) to give you an idea of the flavor of the book.
Happy Coloring Friends!
7/28/2021 08:13:57 am
Dear Madam or Sir, Let me introduce myself, I am Lynne Jackson, a 3rd grade teacher at Crestwood Intermediate School (Title One) in Chesapeake, Virginia. I have a simple request, Would you please send my class, The United Staes of America Coloring book with a note of encouragement this coming school year. I am receiving many postcards from the National Park Service all over the US. I have placed a very large map of the United States in the hallway outside my classroom and I teach my students about geographyand history. You may want to know why, my students have no idea what the rest of the United States looks like or our history. I was looking for a way to excite them and help the students make a connection our beautiful nation and everything it has to offer. So, I came up with this idea. Each day one of my students will read the note from various locations then place it on the map. Wow what a way to make a connection and inspire my students to explore this great country of ours. Also, since my room is across from the library about 800 students will see the postcards and map, again how cool! My theme in my classroom is Adventure to Explore! So, I am hoping this simple request can be fulfilled. What I will do with this coloring book is give it to one of my less foruntate students along with coloring pencils as a gift from you. This will help this child make a wonderful connection to geography, coloring and your artistry. Thank you for taking the time to read my request. Remember there was a teacher in your past that excited and inspired you, that is my mission for my students. Sincerely yours, Lynne Jackson 3rd Grade Teacher Crestwood Intermediate School 1240 Great Bridge Blvd Chesapeake, VA 23320
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