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E is for excited…yeah it’s the little things

Posted by on June 21, 2011
We went to the library today. I was looking for some books about moving, including some of the ones you all suggested (thank you!). I found the neatest books and I just really want to share these with you because I think you might enjoy them too.

The book I found is part of a series and is called “R is for Rhode Island Red: A Rhode Island Alphabet Book”, written by Mark R. Allio:

As the title suggests, it goes through the alphabet with various places or things in Rhode Island representing the letter. I like it because it includes some of the things we have already done or seen. For instance, A is for apple for the Rhode Island Greening Apple. In the Fall, we went apple picking with the boys. It was actually one of the ways I got my older son excited about moving to Rhode Island. He had planted an apple seed in Virginia and was sad it wasn’t growing, so I told him how he could pick apples when we got to Rhode Island.

B is for Block island, which we plan to visit this summer. M is for mansions (and they’re an amazing sight to see). Q is for Quahogs, which I never even heard of before moving here, but seem to be a clam they like up here! There’s also historical content U is for Underground Railroad (Newport and Providence served as whistle stops) and W is for Roger Williams (established the settlement of Providence).

The illustrations are fun too. But, what I think is really cool, is that the page is split up. For example, on the C page there is a verse about Carousels, which would be fun to read to younger kids.

I hear the music and sounds of children
laughing in delight.
I smell the popcorn and cotton candy
and see a thrilling sight!

Then, there are side margins that include background stories about how Rhode Island is home to three of the nation’s original hand-carved wooden carousels and it tells you which cities have them so you can visit them.

I am so excited about this book because I plan on going through it and doing most of the things in the book with our boys this summer. Then, as they read the book after we have moved, they will really remember Rhode Island and all of the fun times here. As they get older, they can learn more about the history behind the items, by reading the margins. I plan on getting the Hawaii one too, to give them something to look forward too. What a great way to have kids be excited about a move, right?

I was curious to see if they had all of the states published and they do (and Washington D.C.)! They even have some international ones (see bottom of list). I made a list for you because I found it difficult to find them all at first. If you click on the links it will take you to Amazon and you can see some of the pages inside the books. Enjoy!

  • Alabama Y is for Yellowhammer: An Alabama Alphabet
  • Alaska L is for Last Frontier: An Alaska Alphabet
  • Arizona G is for Grand Canyon: An Arizona Alphabet
  • Arkansas N is for Natural State: An Arkansas Alphabet
  • California G is for Golden: A California Alphabet
  • Colorado C is for Centennial: A Colorado Alphabet
  • Connecticut N is for Nutmeg: A Connecticut Alphabet
  • Delaware F is for First State: A Delaware Alphabet
  • Florida S is for Sunshine: A Florida Alphabet
  • Georgia P is for Peach: A Georgia Alphabet
  • Hawaii A is for Aloha: A Hawaii Alphabet
  • Idaho P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet
  • Illinois L is for Lincoln: An Illinois Alphabet
  • Indiana H is for Hoosier: An Indiana Alphabet
  • Iowa H is for Hawkeye: An Iowa Alphabet
  • Kansas S is for Sunflower: A Kansas Alphabet
  • Kentucky B is for Bluegrass: A Kentucky Alphabet
  • Louisiana P is for Pelican: A Louisiana Alphabet
  • Maine L is for Lobster: A Maine Alphabet
  • Maryland B is for Blue Crab: A Maryland Alphabet
  • Massachusetts M is for Mayflower: A Massachusetts Alphabet
  • Michigan M is for Mitten: The Michigan Alphabet
  • Minnesota V is for Viking: A Minnesota Alphabet
  • Mississippi M is for Magnolia: A Mississippi Alphabet
  • Missouri S is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet
  • Montana B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet
  • Nebraska C is for Cornhusker: A Nebraska Alphabet
  • Nevada S is for Silver: A Nevada Alphabet
  • New Hampshire G is for Granite: A New Hampshire Alphabet
  • New Jersey G is for Garden State: A New Jersey Alphabet
  • New Mexico E is for Enchantment: A New Mexico State Alphabet
  • New York E is for Empire: A New York State Alphabet
  • North Carolina T is for Tar Heel: A North Carolina Alphabet
  • North Dakota P is for Peace Garden: A North Dakota Alphabet
  • Ohio B is for Buckeye: An Ohio Alphabet
  • Oklahoma S is for Sooner: An Oklahoma Alphabet
  • Oregon B is for Beaver: An Oregon Alphabet
  • Pennsylvania K is for Keystone: A Pennsylvania Alphabet
  • Rhode Island R is for Rhode Island Red: A Rhode Island Alphabet
  • South Carolina P is for Palmetto: A South Carolina Alphabet</li>
  • South Dakota M is for Mount Rushmore: A South Dakota Alphabet
  • Tennessee V is for Volunteer: A Tennessee Alphabet
  • Texas L is for Lone Star: A Texas Alphabet
  • Utah A is for Arches: A Utah Alphabet
  • Vermont M is for Maple Syrup: A Vermont Alphabet
  • Virginia O is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet
  • Washington E is for Evergreen: A Washington Alphabet
  • Washington DC N is for our Nation’s Capitol: A Washington DC Alphabet
  • West Virginia M is for Mountain State: A West Virginia Alphabet
  • Wisconsin B is for Badger: A Wisconsin Alphabet
  • Wyoming C is for Cowboy: A Wyoming Alphabet

  • International Books

  • America A is for America: An American Alphabet
  • Australia D is for Down Under: An Australia Alphabet (Discover the World)
  • Canada M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet
  • China D is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet (Alphabet-Country)
  • England B Is for Big Ben: An England Alphabet (Discover the World)
  • France E is for Eiffel Tower: A France Alphabet (Discover the World)
  • India T is for Taj Mahal: An India Alphabet (Discover the World)
  • Ireland S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet (Discover the World)
  • Italy C isfor Ciao: An Italy Alphabet (Discover the World)
  • Japan K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet (Discover the World)
  • Mexico P is for Pinata: A Mexico Alphabet (Discover the World)
  • Nordic Countries D is for Dala Horse: A Nordic Countries Alphabet (Discover the World)
  • Scotland B is for Bagpipes: A Scotland Alphabet (Discover the World)

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