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‎Author Event: Shirley Spencer, "Our National Parks" Alphabet Book

  • Branches Books & Gifts 40044 Golden Chain Highway Oakhurst, CA, 93644 United States (map)

Artist and Naturalist Shirley Spencer creates a celebration of our National Parks and Monuments with bold, vibrant and stylized watercolor paintings in this unique alphabet book. From A (Acadia National Park) to Z (Zion National Park), each letter explores the natural wonders of parks, both famous and lesser known. Younger readers can relate a letter of the alphabet with one of our priceless natural treasures. Older children can identify animals and plants pictured with each park's unique habitat. Adults can connect with the signature landscape features of each park, both familiar and perhaps yet to be visited. Everyone will enjoy this colorful and abstract yet exquisitely detailed tribute to our National Parks and Monuments.

When most people walk among giant sequoias, they look up, marveling at the sturdy branches and canopy sprawling hundreds of feet overhead. As a naturalist and artist, however, Shirley Spencer likes to look for the less obvious beauty in her surroundings. And in a sequoia grove, that means bringing her curiosity and keen powers of observation to the diverse plant life that thrives among these famous Californian trees.

In this appreciation of flora commonly found in a sequoia grove, she introduces us to species such as the delicate California azalea and the showy mountain dogwood, the hardy whiteleaf manzanita and the strikingly crimson snow plant. Each two-page spread features an eye-catching watercolor portrait complemented by detailed descriptions. This curated collection of trees, shrubs, flowers, and spore-bearing plants, makes a welcome keepsake or companion for a stroll among the giants and will have readers spotting botanical treasures at every turn.