Purple Mountain Majesties by Barbara Younger
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Colorful, lively, and carefully researched, here is a picture book about the trip west that a young Wellesley professor took, which resulted in an expression of hope for America's spiritual life that has stirred citizens of all ages ever since. In l893, when she was thirty-four, Katharine Lee Bates was invited to teach summer school in Colorado Springs. Crossing the country, and exploring the Rockies, she was forcefully moved by a realization of the nation's great physical blessings. Most glorious scenery I ever beheld, she wrote after a journey to the top of Pikes Peak. Later that day, she composed four stanzas of verse that eventually became the words of America the Beautiful. Capturing the essence of Katharine's imagination, idealism, and humor, Barbara Younger's graceful text provides an intriguing glimpse of American history and women's history. Stacey Schuett's expansive, heartfelt illustrations, glowing with color, bring readers close to canyon and sky, prairie and mountain.
 

About Barbara Younger

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Barbara Younger is the author of Purple Mountain Majesties, a children's picture book, and the coauthor of six books, including Hooray for Children's Church and Creative Ways to Offer Praise. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.She is a f ormer school librarian and together with Lisa Flinn are the author s of a number of books, including Sing It, Say It, Make It, Pray It and Other Ways to Write God's Word on Your Heart. = Stacey Schuett's artwork graces numerous picture books, including the I Can Read Book Forest by Laura Godwin and her own Somewhere in theWorld Right Now, a Reading Rainbow Book. Ms. Schuett lives in Sebastopol, California.
 
Published June 1, 1998 by Dutton Juvenile. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Schuett’s illustrations, with their slightly exaggerated forms and saturated colors, capture not only the “fruited plains” and “alabaster cities” but vistas of Bates’s hometown of Falmouth, and intimate scenes of her cozy bedside table and the parlor where she welcomed guests.

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"How a trip taken by Katherine Lee Bates inspired the poem that became 'America the Beautiful' makes a quaint story," wrote PW.

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With frequent quotes from Bates's diary, Younger chronicles, at times in excessive detail, the highlights of the teacher's trip, among them the ""rich amber wheat fields of the Great Plains"" and the Colorado Rockies, which ""shone purple in the sun."" How these vistas inspired the poem that beca...

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