Thursday, June 6, 2019

Spring Reading 2019 If I Were a Park Ranger


Okay, so they had me at Catherine Stier. I love her book, If I Ran for President (among others), and the fact that this latest title was about national parks and monuments was a bonus. Within the pages she covers many of the duties and some of the various locations that a ranger might be assigned to. Whether it is Mammoth Cave or Canaveral National Seashore, rangers in each location wear a uniform and have important duties like protecting the land and animals or helping to conduct research. Major figures in the history of the National Park Service are introduced with a portrait gallery layout and brief descriptions of their roles. The types of skills and academic fields important to prepare for a career in the park service are also covered.

Corrigan's illustrations show many of the locations and daily activities. The rangers are a diverse group and so are the tourists and other characters pictured. The final illustration of the group of rangers looking at Mount Rushmore is a strong image for readers to take away as their last impression. Helpful captions name each location making it easier for readers to identify them. A helpful author's note in the back offers more details about STEM and art in the parks and what it takes to become a ranger.

Perfect for families and classes preparing for a visit to a national park, monument, or historic site - or for classes doing a unit on careers or national parks. I won a copy of the book in a giveaway.

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