The Pennsylvania Reader

Trinka Hakes Noble, the author of One for All: A Pennsylvania Number Book, continues her celebration of the Keystone State in The Pennsylvania Reader. Oh, Pennsylvania, how we praise thee, Land where the Quakers came to be free. Independence for all was your decree, When your famous bell rang for Liberty. Topics included are the history behind the state name (Penn's Woods), state symbols, distinguished citizens (Daniel Boone and Betsy Ross), and famous events (the reading of the Gettysburg Address). Original fiction such as a correspondence between cousins on either side of the Mason-Dixon Line and a Reader Theater drama provide ample opportunity for student/classroom interaction.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level
Dewey 810.8
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585363209), PDF (9781534125780), Hosted ebook (9781534125940)
Copyright 2008, 2007
Number of Pages 96
Dimensions 5.5 x 7.5
Graphics Full-color illustrations

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Author: Trinka Hakes Noble

Trinka Hakes Noble is the award-winning author of numerous picture books including The Orange Shoes (2007 National Parenting Publications Awards Honors Winner), The Scarlet Stockings Spy (2005 IRA Teachers' Choice), The Last Brother, and The Legend of the Cape May Diamond. Ms. Noble also wrote the ever-popular Jimmy's Boa series and Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, both featured on PBS's Reading Rainbow. Her many awards include ALA Notable Children's Book, Booklist Children's Editors' Choice, IRA-CBC Children's Choice, Learning: The Year's Ten Best, and several Junior Literary Guild Selections. Ms. Noble has studied children's book writing and illustrating in New York City at Parsons School of Design, the New School University, Caldecott medalist Uri Shulevitz's Greenwich Village Workshop, and at New York University. A member of the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature, she was awarded Outstanding Woman 2002 in Arts and Letters in the state of New Jersey for her lifetime work in children's books. Ms. Noble currently lives in the historic Jockey Hollow area of Bernardsville, New Jersey.

Illustrator: K. L. Darnell

Artist Kate Darnell has been drawing for as long as she can remember and even after 20 years of doing it, is thrilled each day to be making her living at what she loves most to do—drawing pictures. She earned her BFA studying drawing and painting at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. In addition to her freelance career as an illustrator and calligrapher, she is a part-time instructor of art at Lansing Community College. Her art has been described as "making you want to slow down and look." Her intricate drawings are achieved through many layers of tiny colored pencil marks on vellum paper. She lives in East Lansing with her husband and daughter.

  • A Pennsylvania Pledge
  • Our Nation’s Keystone
  • Hidden Symbols of Pennsylvania
  • The Story of Penn’s Woods
  • Seasons on an Amish Farm
  • Colorful Riddles
  • On Market Day
  • A Funny Word for a Fancy Bird
  • Daniel Boone: A Pennsylvania Boyhood
  • Betsy Ross: A Pennsylvania Girlhood
  • Country Quilting Party
  • The World’s Largest Deposit of Coal
  • Franklin, the Lucky Mule
  • Pennsylvania’s Water Highways
  • Letters Across the Mason Dixon Line
  • Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
  • The Mountain Laurel
  • Reader Theater: A Patriot’s Mission
  • A Pennsylvania Timeline
  • Be Proud of Pennsylvania
Full-color illustrations