Mount Desert Island residents Richard Johnson and Ruth Gortner Grierson have produced a children's alphabet book that focuses on the wonders of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. The hardcover book, A is for Acadia, features vibrant color photographs by Johnson that highlight the island's natural beauty. It includes, among others, images of harbor seals and barred owls as well as landscapes such as Sand Beach and Bass Harbor. Grierson's text accompanies each image. Overall, the book is slightly more sophisticated than many ABC books with roughly 140 words per image. While it is aimed at young children, it is fun and informative and should appeal to residents and visitors of any age. The letter topics range from Acadia, to lighthouse, to nuthatch, to zoophtye.
|Product dimensions:||11.25(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 4 Years|
About the Author
Ruth Gortner Grierson of Bass Harbor, Maine, is a former music teacher and well-known local naturalist. She has written four books about the island's wildlife, including The Wildflowers of Mount Desert Island, and has written a weekly newspaper nature column for more than thirty years. She also entertains regularly as the violinist in the local Teahouse Trio.
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A is for Acadia
There are many beautiful and fun places to visit in in Acadia National Park, including Thunder Hole, Cadillac Mountain, Eagle Lake, and Sand Beach. More than 2.5 million people visit Acadia every year. The park was originally called Lafayette National Park but was renamed in 1929.
Sand Beach is nestled between the mountains and the rocky shore on the east side of Mount Desert Island. Ocean currents made the beach over many years, leaving behind tons of sand that eroded from rocks. Look carefully, and you will see the sand is made up of not only rocks but also bits of shell and the skeletons of crabs, mussels, sea urchins, and other marine life. Sand Beach is a great place to play and make sand castles, but be ready for very cold water if you go swimming-the temperature rarely goes above 55 degrees.