HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: (Pirate Paul and Ana Mae Mouse Show Me) The Twelve Months Of Michigan
Author and Illustrator: AnnieMarie E. Chiaverilla
Publisher: The Pear Tree Press Inc., 2013
Related website: http://www.thepeartreepress.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Chiaverilla, AnnieMarie E. (Pirate Paul and Ana Mae Mouse Show Me) The Twelve Months of Michigan (published in 2013 by The Pear Tree Press Inc., 2894 Lauryl Dr., Commerce Twp., MI 48382). Have you ever been to the state of Michigan? Do you even know where it is? AnnieMarie Mouse tells how that her parents, Pirate Paul and Ana Mae Mouse, her brothers, and she travel across Michigan for twelve months to see some of the unique and beautiful places in the state. “The car rides with my siblings were terrifyingly fun.” She does say, “This book is purely for giggles. It’s not a complete collection of Michigan facts and figures.” After she identifies many of the state symbols, such as the state bird, which is the American Robin, and the state tree, which is the White Pine, off they go to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” She begins, “In the first month of Michigan, my parents showed to me a Robin in a White Pine Tree.” If you look at Michigan on a map of the United States or a globe, can you guess what the number “five” will stand for?
I am a native of Ohio. After my wife, who is from Indiana, and I married, we lived in Medina, OH, for a few years, and then in Dayton, OH, for fifteen years before moving out of state. During that time, and especially after the kids came along, we made many trips to Michigan to visit friends and see sites in our neighbor to the north. Author and illustrator AnnieMarie Chiaverilla, the youngest of five children, has fond memories of car trips which her family would take across Michigan. From two Painted Turtles of Petoskey in February to twelve Motown singers singing in December, The Twelve Months of Michigan brings to life various places, events, groups, and other wonders of the Wolverine State. Many states either demand or suggest that homeschooling families study state history. This book provides a neat and enjoyable way for youngsters in Michigan to learn about their state. It will also be of interest to any other families who want to know more about Michigan.