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You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks



written and illustrated by
Evan Turk

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum
ISBN
9781534432826

Awards and Honors
NCTE’s 2020 Notable Poetry List
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Beneath the soaring doorways of stone,
and peaks that pierce the ceiling of clouds,
from every river, star, and stone
comes the eternal refrain:
you are home.


In simple, soaring language and breathtaking art, acclaimed author-illustrator Evan Turk has created a stirring ode to nature and nation. From the rugged coast of Maine to the fiery volcanoes of Hawaii, You Are Home reminds us that every animal, plant, and person helps make this land a brilliant, beautiful sanctuary of life.

Author’s note. Artwork note. Map of US National Parks. More about the parks and animals in the book. Full-color pastel illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

56

Trim Size

11" x 11"

Dewey

917.3

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

NP

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2019

Book Genres


Topics

US National Parks. Animals. Wildlife. Nature and the natural world.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews*, Booklist*, Publishers Weekly*

School Library Journal

Turk takes readers on a visual journey through 25 national parks with the effect of perusing a travelogue. Each landscape spread features a different park subtly named in the bottom corner that sometimes includes wildlife or human visitors. The illustrations, rendered in pastel on black paper are, with a few notable exceptions (the Arches, Everglades, and Biscayne), predominantly dark. Touches of yellows, blues, and greens lighten most pages, but the cumulative effect is one of darkness. Endpapers depict a sunrise and a starry night sky; most pages in between have a dawn, dusk or nighttime feel. Back matter includes a U.S. map with all 58 National Parks indicated, author notes, and further information about the featured parks and animals. Unfortunately, the print on the “More About” page is so small only the hardiest of young readers might believe it was meant for them. The text is indeed a classic ode with the refrain, “you are home.” Turk first addresses the creatures you might encounter in the parks, turns his attention to “the child in the city,” “the child on the farm,” and then immigrants and “ancestors,” touching upon the irony that many of these lands were home to Native Americans before the “stars and stripes took them as their own,” only to preserve the land as “a place for all.” Rather than sparking young readers’ interest in our National Parks, this earnest but abstract picture book will be most appreciated by those who are already familiar with them.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Turk takes readers on a visual journey through 25 national parks with the effect of perusing a travelogue. Each landscape spread features a different park subtly named in the bottom corner that sometimes includes wildlife or human visitors. The illustrations, rendered in pastel on black paper are, with a few notable exceptions (the Arches, Everglades, and Biscayne), predominantly dark. Touches of yellows, blues, and greens lighten most pages, but the cumulative effect is one of darkness. Endpapers depict a sunrise and a starry night sky; most pages in between have a dawn, dusk or nighttime feel. Back matter includes a U.S. map with all 58 National Parks indicated, author notes, and further information about the featured parks and animals. Unfortunately, the print on the “More About” page is so small only the hardiest of young readers might believe it was meant for them. The text is indeed a classic ode with the refrain, “you are home.” Turk first addresses the creatures you might encounter in the parks, turns his attention to “the child in the city,” “the child on the farm,” and then immigrants and “ancestors,” touching upon the irony that many of these lands were home to Native Americans before the “stars and stripes took them as their own,” only to preserve the land as “a place for all.” Rather than sparking young readers’ interest in our National Parks, this earnest but abstract picture book will be most appreciated by those who are already familiar with them.

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