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by Pam Carroll,David Domeniconi

Columnist David Domeniconi has researched close-to-home topics for his new book, G is for Golden: A California Alphabet. This is David's first children's book and it contains 40 pages of entertaining and educational facts about California. David captures California on so many fronts - its natural history, social sciences, inventors, and even its forty-niners. On the T is for Television page, the reader discovers Philo Farnsworth, a 21-year-old farmer who gleaned the idea to transmit the world's first television picture by looking at the patterns in the rows he had plowed in his field. Another California first was the creation of the United Nations Charter, signed by representatives of 50 countries at the San Francisco Opera House in 1945. Readers of G is for Golden also learn about the world's largest find of Ice Age fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits, the 21 missions that line El Camino Real, Cesar Chavez's vision, and Rodia's Watts Towers. The series employs a two-tiered approach to reach all students from Pre-K through 4th grade. A rhyme for each letter of the alphabet captures the attention of younger readers, while older students read the expository text on the same page and gain a richer understanding of the topic. About the Author: David Domeniconi is a third generation San Franciscan. He graduated from San Francisco State College with a degree in Anthropology, and studied creative writing at San Francisco State College. His illustrated travel column, "Travelog," is a regular feature in the Santa Barbara News Press. About the Illustrator: California native Pam Carroll was a finalist in Artist's Magazine's Still Life category for the past two years. Her distinct style of realism and appealing use of light creates an enchanting visual experience for children. G is for Golden is Pam's fourth children's book with Sleeping Bear Press.
Download G is for Golden: A California Alphabet epub
ISBN: 1585360457
ISBN13: 978-1585360451
Category: Children
Subcategory: History
Author: Pam Carroll,David Domeniconi
Language: English
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; 1st Edition edition (February 22, 2002)
Pages: 40 pages
ePUB size: 1372 kb
FB2 size: 1783 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 517
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Nice facts in the margin in addition to the text. The items for each letter were for the most part well chosen. Only issues for me were that some letters have two page spreads and some only one page... then some letters only get a small photo sitting on top of a two-page spread for another letter (I really did not like that). I wish all the letters were treated the same for consistency. Also - I do not think I would have chosen the same items. Too many of them focused on the gold rush... one page would have been enough.

Here are the letters:
A- Alcatraz
B- Bear flag (CA flag)
C- Chinatown
D- Death Valley
E- Explores (should have been Eureka! and the gold rush)
F- Fourty-niners (should have been farmers and discussed the central valley)
G- Golden State and Golden Gate
H- Hollywood
I- Ishi (the last of his tribe - so would like to read about his story now)
J- John Steinbeck (this is where i would have talked about the explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and other explorers instead of under letter E)
K- Kelp
L- Levis
M- Missions
N- Natural history (references the tar pits)
O- Ocean
P- Poppy
Q- Quail (should have been a bigger quail image)
R- Redwoods
S- Sacramento
T- Television
V- Vineyard
W- Watts towers (I live in LA and never heard of this heritage site)
X- Xanadu (Hearst's castle)
Y- Yosemite
Z- Zorro
This series are perfect for mycirriculum to teach my kids about each state!
Excellent book with fabulous pictures!
Our family loves learning about the different states we have been to and lived in. I love this series of books. There is so much information in it. You can skim through all the different pages for younger children or go more in depth by reading the whole page. We learned so much about California from this book, we love it!
I really enjoyed this book. As did my college instructor! I used this for a book reflection/review in my Childhood Development in Early Literacy class. Everyone loved this book! Very fun book for children and adults..
I use this book to teach handwriting to 4th grade students. It is a great way to learn about our great state and have fun handwriting lesson.
We have picked up other books in this series while on vacation as a wonderful souvenir (our first was Michigan).

Recently we moved to California and bought this book for our family to learn about our new home, and also to have in our guest room for our family and friends to enjoy.