Saturday 21 June 2014

Book Review. Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore.
by Barbara Ann Mojica

Illustrations by Victor Ramon Mojica
Publisher: CreateSpace, 2nd edition, August 26, 2013
34 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1492262985
ISBN-10: 1492262986

From the back cover: "LITTLE MISS HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE" is the first in a series of books using the Little Miss HISTORY character as a guide. She looks like a wannabe park ranger with pig tails and hiking boots three sizes too big. The aim of these books is to whet a child's appetite to learn more about history and encourage them to visit the landmarks featured in the series.  

About the story: History, as her parents call her for short, takes the reader on a trip to Mount Rushmore with very interesting--and probably some little known facts--about how the president's faces were carved, when they were carved, how many workers worked on the carvings, the cost of the project, the official name and Native American name for Mount Rushmore, and the mountain's link to the Native Americans in history.

What I thought: If my history lessons were this interesting when I was a kid, I would have loved learning history. This is an excellent history book with an adventurous main character that talks to kids (and obviously adults--me) in a fun way about history facts. I think this series is an amazing idea, and kids will absolutely love this book and will want to read the other Little Miss History books. Kudos to the author for making history fun. 

The illustrations are bold and colorful, and absolutely delightful.

About the Author

Barbara Ann Mojica is an historian and retired educator living in New York State. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in History. Barbara spent more than 40 years teaching in NYC and holds New York State teacher certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and Administration. She also spent several years as a Special Education Administrator and principal of a special education preschool for developmentally delayed children. Barbara, although retired from teaching, is staying busy: along with her forthcoming series of Little Miss History travel books she writes historical pieces for The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack Editors, under the banner “Passages”. Marrying her love of history and teaching, Barbara hopes her Little Miss History character will inspire children to learn about historical people, and visit landmarks such as the one covered in this book.
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  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to review Little Miss HISTORY'S exploits to Mount Rushmore.

    1. It's a great book, Barbara. Looking forward to reading the next one.

  2. Are author and illustrator related? I love love the illustrations, especially the cover for the sequoia trees-just fantastic. Have always wanted to go there. Maybe the book would wet my appetite enough to get me there! Books sound wonderful. Great reviews. Where did you find this hidden gem? The series, author, and illustrator -- take your pick!

    1. I'm not sure if the author and illustrator are related. I only have time to review books from authors I somehow know. The illustrations are incredible, which leads me to wonder why that part is missing--I thought I put it in the review. Okay, going to add that in too,