Richard Grusin's study investigates how the establishment of national parks participated in the production of American national identity after the Civil War. The creation of America's national parks is usually seen as an uncomplicated act of environmental preservation. Grusin argues, instead, that parks must be understood as complex cultural technologies for the reproduction of nature as landscape art. He explores the origins of America's three major parks - Yosemite, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon - in relation to other forms of landscape representation in the late nineteenth century. He examines such forms as photography, painting, and mapping, plus a wide range of travel narratives, scientific and nature writing, and fiction. Grusin shows that while establishing a national park does involve preserving an area of land as a 'natural' rather than economic asset, a ranch or mine for instance, it also transforms the landscape into a culturally constructed object called 'nature'.
Written by an experienced speech therapist, Small Talk books show parents how they can help boost language development in their babies aged six to eighteen months, in practical ways. The books are set in familiar places and around familiar events, such as a trip to the park and bedtime. The text is lyrical, rich in sound and perfect for reading aloud. It's Bedtime captures the hustle and bustle of this busy time in the evening and illustrates how a parent can engage and encourage early conversation with their child. With wonderful, distinctive illustrations from Matt Robertson, runner up in the Mac Prize 2014 and winner of the Lara Jones prize for illustrations. Board books with a soft padded cover make these ideal books for sharing. Ties in to the adult title, Small Talk, published by Macmillan in 2013, a book designed to give parents, guardians and grandparents simple ways to boost a child's speech and language development.
Is it more fun to do flips off the monkey bars, or listen to all the birds singing? To swim laps in the wading pool, or smell all the flowers? Mr. and Mrs. Green can't seem to agree, but that doesn't stop them from having a great day at the park! Simple sentences, bright illustrations, and silly, unexpected twists, make this installment in the Mr. and Mrs. Green early reader series by the acclaimed picture-book creator Keith Baker perfect for beginning readers. AUTHOR: Keith Baker has written and illustrated many well-loved picture books and early chapter books, including several about the charming and lovable Mr. and Mrs. Green. Two of his best-known picture books, Hide and Snake and Who Is the Beast?, are about animals. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit his website at www.keithbakerbooks.com.
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