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America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

by Katharine Lee Bates Illustrated by Wendell Minor

With his stunning paintings of American landscapes and historical moments, Wendell Minor celebrates our nation's history and beauty and transforms a musical tribute into a visual masterpiece. Wendell Minor is an extraordinarily talented fine artist who has received more than 200 awards for his work. Authors refer to him as a "quiet genius" who creates with simplicity and elegance, a "master" at capturing the essence of the written word in vivid imagery, of creating brilliant paintings that evoke the true spirit of story and place. He has illustrated hundreds of covers for many of the most popular books of the past few decades.

Now, inspired by Katharine Lee Bates's classic verse, Minor gives readers his first picture book — beautiful visual accompaniment for an American standard. Traversing the entire nation, from the Empire State Building to the Grand Tetons, from the Alaskan coast to the Florida Everglades; encompassing multiple eras, from Pilgrims to wagon trains, from the Wright brothers to NASA, Minor takes us on a journey across land and time, from sea to shining sea.

5, 6, 7
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Puffin Books
Book Type
Photo Essay
Number of Pages
Poetry, Songs, Verse

About the Author and Illustrator

Katharine Lee Bates Katharine Lee Bates is the author of the poem "America the Beautiful."
Contributor Image Alt Tag Wendell Minor Wendell Minor draws upon his lifelong passion for environmental issues to create illustrations for children's books. He has also written and illustrated the Book Pumpkin Heads.

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