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With bright, vibrant paintings that capture the wonder of the American landscape, Tulip sees America is a joyful tribute to America's beauty and bounty.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Scholastic (first published 1998)
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Colleen
So here's this guy brought up in a family who didn't like to travel. So when he grows up he decides to travel across the United States and describes beautiful attributes about Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa and Colorado. Then he arrives in the desert in Nevada and takes off all his clothes. WHAT!?*&% It was so out of left field that I stared in shock at the page for a minute trying to figure out what happened. I honestly don't know what the author was thinking. I had no idea what to say to my 4 yea...more
babyhippoface
Never read this Rylant book before because I do not care for Desimini's artistic style. Just a personal preference. But I pulled it off the shelf this week because PreK is learning to answer the question, "Where Can I Go in the World?"

The narrator and his dog, Tulip, travel across America in a little green beetle, admiring Iowa's farms, Nebraska's skies, Colorado's mountains, Oregon's forests and oceans, and more. And although I do not like the artwork, as I said, the text celebrates the differ...more
Josiah
This is a beautifully written story that is tremendously enhanced by the awesomely breathtaking art of illustrator Lisa Desimini. In fact, her artistic renderings in this picture book are some of the finest illustrations that I have ever seen in the realm of kid literature.
In addition, Cynthia Rylant paints captivating pictures of the uniqueness and beauty that makes up America, surely making those of us who have not been lucky enough to visit all of these places yearn to experience the lovely...more
Juso
The story "Tulip Sees America" is about a young boy who has grown up in Ohio, but has never been able to see any other place besides Ohio. When he grows older, he buys himself a new car and takes his dog, Tulip, along on a road trip to see all of America including: Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, and finally, Oregon. In Oregon is where the young man and Tulip make their new home. This story has great illustrations that bring the road trip to life.
As a teacher, I would use this book t...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I suspect this book may be autobiographical, because the narrator starts in Ohio and ends up in Oregon, where Rylant lives now. Lisa Desimini, the illustrator, drew the narrator so that I couldn't tell whether it was supposed to be a boy or a girl. The narrator and his/her dog, Tulip, travel by car across the U.S., describing what they like best about each state they pass through. It made me want to visit those places too! I wish there had been an added biographical note about the author at the...more
Vanessa Peavy
After reading this book, as my activating strategy I would start my lesson off saying this: If you have not been across America, you will by the time you are done reading this book. This book can be used a language arts study by having your students work on the elements of a story and focus on setting. I would also use this book to integrate social studies by having students color each state that the boy and his dog visited. I would possibly divide the states per group and have them research the...more
Theresa
One of the best artistically linked children's books authors. this book shows an appreciation of America as someone travels across america, stating some of the exceptional ideals of the cultural, and natural events and affects of each of the states he passes through to his new place.
Lorie
A very visual book that tells the story of a young man and this dog who travel to Oregon in a green Beetle car. They discover the wonders of America and the author depicts the beauty through vivid words that help the reader visualize their journey. This book is a great way to teach word choice during an ecology unit. Discussion throughout a second reading while keeping a list of vivid word choices and phrasings will provide students with a visual memory device when writing their own story to des...more
Marcia
Apr 09, 2010 Marcia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: US study, grades 2-4
Tulip the dog sees America from Iowa to Oregon on a road trip with his master. It's enough to realize the vastness and beauty of the country. Beautifully written, almost poetic, the book is a great addition to a study of the USA. I love how she chooses one feature that is unique to the state--like the vastness of the sky in Wyoming and the solitude of the Nevada desert. My only regret is that it doesn't include a few more states. Attractive illustrations and font choices enhance the book.
Kelly
Apr 22, 2011 Kelly added it
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When I was younger, I was a big Cynthia Rylant fan. I haven't read her books in quite awhile now. At first while reading this book I didn't quite get it or get into it, but after a bit and a pattern I liked it more and liked that it tells about what different locations/climates are like. I know Tulip the dog is seeing America, but I thought it was supposed to be about the boy who never traveled as a kid so really wanted to when he grew up. That was confusing.
Blakeley Norris
This is a good Social Studies book because it has teaches about America. The story is about a boy and his dog as they travel around America. This book has great illustrations that show many different places in America. It give a good visual representation for children to see the different places that make up our country.
Tricia
this book appealed to my now dead sense of wanderlust (thanks children). narrator explains that parents were homebodies and they never traveled--but as soon as he was old enough, it was all about the road. states are described in a palpable way through simple yet descriptive text.
Samantha
This was read to me in a read aloud. A young boy and his dog, Tulip, travel through the beautiful American landscape from coast to coast. Was surprised to see the boy running around naked on one page of the book.
Angela
a great book to teach America (at least Ohio west). Talks about a few states and their varied landscapes.
Enjoyable illustrations also.
Michelle White
This book would be good for teaching younger student's about the different cultures and regions in America. I got it from the IUS Library.
Sara
This book because of its pattern could be used as a writing prompt. Students could use this style to write their own stories.
Debbie Tanner
Lovely story about pursuing your dreams and appreciating what's good about all the different places in America.
Alisha Williams
Amazing illustrations. A good book to discuss travel with the class and how exploring new things.
The Styling Librarian
Traveling across the US, celebration of locations.
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An author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children and young adults as well as an author and author/illustrator of picture books for children, Cynthia Rylant is recognized as a gifted writer who has contributed memorably to several genres of juvenile literature. A prolific author who often bases her works on her own background, especially on her childhood in the West Virginia mountains, she...more
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