Linda J. Barth, author
Linda J. Barth is a retired fourth-grade teacher who lives in Somerville, New Jersey. She is very active in Canal Society of New Jersey, one of the largest historical societies in the state.
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Hazel Mitchell, illustrator
When she was young, Hazel Mitchell’s great escapes were drawing and horses. She loved to sketch, read and look at books and would make up funny stories, plays and comics, and newsletters for her class.
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Here children will learn all about New Jersey. The author presents information using a variety of techniques to engage a young reader. The story is a clever rhyming poem using bold lettering; in addition, each page is accompanied by interesting facts in smaller print that surround the illustrations. The information includes famous New Jersey places, persons, and events. The author draws the reader into the story by including a search-and-find activity with each illustration. Mitchell uses a collage format for illustrations. Children are depicted in a multitude of activities described with interesting facts on the accompanying pages. The pictures are the central focus and take up most of a two page spread with the story to the right of the picture and the interesting facts surrounding the illustration. The author formats her book by presenting the information by geographical area. Each area is highlighted on a small map outline of New Jersey and labeled on the right in pale block lettering that does not stand out. Parents planning a trip to New Jersey might find this book useful in stimulating their child's interest. It could also make a good companion to a social studies unit on New Jersey. While this book is a great advertisement for visiting New Jersey, its layout may be a little overwhelming for some children. It presents a great deal of information (both in print and illustrations) that competes for the child's focus. –C. Alicia Clelland
Parents Express, March 2012
Part history and trivia, part travel and lots of fun, Hidden New Jersey focuses on the past and present of America's third state. Arranged by region, each double-page spread presents facts about history, geography, culture and people enhanced by colorful, cartoony art that draws readers in. A search-and-find game on each spread explains the "hidden" feature of the title. Part of a state series, let's hope Pennsylvania is published soon!
Washington Township Observer Tribune, January 2012
'Hidden New Jersey' explores the Garden State for children to discover
Explore the great state of New Jersey, from the capital of Trenton to the Crossroads, from the Pine Barrens to the Watchungs, from the Lower Delaware to the popular shore in a new book, "Hidden New Jersey," by Somerville author Linda J. Barth. The book, illustrated by award-winning Hazel Mitchell, is due in bookstores on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
"Hidden New Jersey" explains the past and present of America's third state in simple terms for young readers. It shows all the interesting and historical places in New Jersey like the spot where George Washington stood after crossing the Delaware to fight for American independence, the Cowtown Rodeo in Woodstown and where to find minerals at the Franklin Mineral Museum. This book can be used as a guide for trips to all the great sites in New Jersey from north to south and each to west.
Double-page spreads are jam-packed with fun illustrations of all the people, places, inventions, and attractions in New Jersey. Readers are encouraged to explore a little more and find hidden pictures in each illustration.
"Hidden New Jersey" will be available in both hardcover and paperback on www.amazon.com or at local bookstores.
ISBN: 978-1-60734-090-4 PDF
Page count: 32
10 x 10