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Utah artist illustrates an American anthem with diverse landscapes

Published: Saturday, June 28 2014 1:00 p.m. MDT

DISCOVER AMERICA: From Sea to Shining Sea,” illustrated by Julie Olson, lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates, Shadow Mountain, $17.99 (ages 6-10)

There is probably no other text that more beautifully represents America than the anthem “America the Beautiful.” The words of this song by Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929), inspired by a view from Pikes Peak in Colorado, portray the diversity and beauties of the United States “from sea to shining sea.”

In this new illustrated version, Utah artist Julie Olson has added arresting artwork visualizing a red balloon’s flight from California's Pacific Beach, across Nevada, through the Balloon Fest of America's Freedom Festival in Provo, over the corn fields of Great Bend, Kansas, to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, to where a child, finally holding the balloon, is seen in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty in New York — which completes the journey.

Accompanying the twelve colorful two-page spreads is an invitation to “discover America” online at DiscoverAmericaBook.com with experiences and new ideas for the celebration of America.

Email: marilousorensen@ymail.com

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