I would like to introduce you to the husband and wife team of Barbara Ann Mojica and Victor Ramon Mojica. Barbara and Victor are both authors of children’s books. Barbara has penned the first book in the educational children’s book series, Little Miss History, which just happens to be illustrated by her husband, Victor Ramon Mojica! Well, imagine my surprise when I find out the Victor has also written and illustrated his own children’s book, Captain Crossbones in The Treasure Hunt. So, it is my pleasure to have read and reviewed (with my kiddos) each of these fabulous books. See below for the review of Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore and be sure to take a look at our review of Captain Crossbones in The Treasure Hunt by Victor Ramon Mojica. PLUS … you can enter the Spring Fling Giveaway Hop for your chance to win BOTH books AND a $10 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash!!
Title: Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore
Author: Barbara Ann Mojica
Illustrator: Victor Ramon Mojica
Year Published: 2012
Publisher: eugenus STUDIOS
Recommended Ages: 4+
Reviewed by: Renee and Danielle (Mother and Daughter)
Amazon (US) * Amazon (Canada) * Barnes & Noble * Book Depository
1. What is the book about? This book is about a girl who travels to Mount Rushmore and talks about the heads carved into the mountain.
2. Who is Little Miss History? Little Miss History is a young girl who has weird red glasses, black hair, a safari suit, and hiking boots. She travels around the world getting information about landmarks like Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty.
3. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? The pictures were really good. I liked the pictures of Mount Rushmore. It was cool to see how big it is compared to her. The eyes and nose are really big compared to her.
4. What is your favorite part of the book? It was a cool record that no one got killed during the whole construction. I also liked how there is a secret hiding place with a secret box behind the heads of the presidents. I want to go there one day. Another part I liked is when it was called Mount Crazy Horse after the Indian chief.
5. What are the most interesting things that you learned from this book? There was a lot of information about Mount Rushmore. I learned that there were 506 steps the workers had to climb every day and descend. I also learned it took 14 years to carve – that’s a long time. I learned that they plan to build a monument close by that is even bigger than Mount Rushmore.
6. Overall, what did you think about the book? I thought this book was really good and gave good information.
7. Who do you think would like this book? I think kids 6 years and older would like this book.
Daughter Rating: ★★★★½
What it’s About: Meet “Little Miss History”, the young girl with the cool sunglasses, decked out in her pig-tails, traveling clothes, and clunky hiking boots. She is our tour guide to people, places, and things of historical significance. In Barbara Ann Mojica’s first book in the Little Miss History educational children’s book series – Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore – we are transported to the Black Hills of South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore, the monument depicting four United States presidents, is carved into the mountainside.
Little Miss History shares with us information about this famous U.S. landmark including the names of the presidents included (Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, & Lincoln, the artist behind the monument (Gutzon Borglum), the dimensions of the landmark (it’s big), and many, many facts about how it was constructed, the cost of construction, the tensions around treaty rights with the Native American peoples of South Dakota, and plans for further artistic development in the area.
My Thoughts: Barbara Ann Mojica has created an impressive new series which merges a friendly leading character, eye-catching imagery, and plenty of fun facts about the history of important people and places. In short, Little Miss History has the potential to be a series of dynamic and interesting history books for young and *ahem*… “older” eyes alike. Each page in the book states one fact (sometimes 2) about Mount Rushmore, so 26 pages of illustrations makes for many, many facts! The text accompanying each page is short and can easily understood by young children. For example, this is the text on a typical page:
The carvings are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall.
I have been to see Mount Rushmore myself when I was a wee child of about 5 years. I was very impressed with the monument, but because there were 506 steps to climb to get to it (a fact shared by Little Miss History), I was not allowed to ascend. Truth be told, even though I’ve been to see the monument, I must admit that I learned so much from this little book. For example, I did not know that there were six stone tablets with writing on them place in a box behind the heads of the presidents. Maybe I would have known this if I had climbed the steps. Oh well, we’ll just add Mount Rushmore to our travel bucket list!
We all loved the illustrations. They are fun, kid-friendly, and very detailed. In some cases, photographs are incorporated into the illustrations. In one such merging of mediums, I learned that Jefferson was initially supposed to go to Washington’s right, but because of the poor quality of the rock face in that area, he was carved to his left instead. In the photo to the right, you can see that they had begun to carve Jefferson’s face to Washington’s right. That photo is included in the book. History lessons are oh-so-much-better when you can use old photos!
My Bottom Line: I am very impressed by this book. The educational value is high; the text is easily read and understood; and there are fantastic accompanying illustrations. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, where Little Miss History will be our tour guide to the Statue of Liberty. Well done!
Who Would Like This Book? I think that children (ages 3+) and grown-ups alike will love reading fun facts about famous landmarks in the United States. My only question to the author is whether she will continue to focus on famous American landmarks and monuments, or does Little Miss History plan on doing some international travels?
Mom Rating: ★★★★★
* This book was provided to us by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review.*
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, Mount Rushmore.
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. With her as your child’s guide learning about people and places of historical importance will be fun and educational. The aim of these books is to whet your child’s appetite to learn more about history and perhaps even visit these landmarks with you. Little Miss History presents information in a whimsical and factual way while amusing your child. I hope you will invite her into your home and enjoy this first adventure, and those to follow, with your loved ones.
Book Website: http://www.littlemisshistory.com
Author Blog: http://bamauthor.wordpress.com
Facebook fan page:
Pinterest: Barbara Ann
Google+: Barbara A. Mojica
** Giveaway **
This giveaway is part of the Spring Fling Giveaway Hop hosted by I am A Reader.
Prize: One winner will receive either a print copy of Little Miss History by Barbara Ann Mojica + a print copy of Captain Crossbones in The Treasure Hunt by Victor Ramon Mojica + a $10 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice).
Contest runs: May 1 to 7, 11:59 pm, 2013
Open to: International
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email!
a Rafflecopter giveaway