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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 9, February 28, 2010, Article 3

NEW BOOK: ADVENTURE ACROSS THE NATIONAL PARKS

Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing forwarded this press release about a new title for young readers. He adds: "The 'author' for this one is Whitman Publishing --- it was written in-house, with a foreword by Aaron J. McKeon and much of the introduction text by Q. David Bowers." -Editor

Adventure Across the National Parks book Whitman Publishing has released Adventure Across the National Parks, a book that introduces young people to coin collecting. The 96-page softcover book retails for $4.95 and is available online at www.WhitmanBooks.com, and through bookstores and hobby shops nationwide.

Subtitled Collecting 2010-2021 "America the Beautiful" Quarters and Other Coins, the new book poses the question, "How do you pay for things you buy at the store? You probably use dollar bills. Grownups with bank accounts can write a check, or pay with a plastic debit card. In this book, we look at another kind of money, one that people like to collect as well as spend: coins!"

Young readers are encouraged to "Join the World's Oldest Hobby," enjoyed by millions of Americans who collect the U.S. Mint's state quarters and national park quarters.

The contents of Adventure Across the National Parks include:

  • A list of honored sites in the National Park quarters program, by state
  • A foreword by Aaron J. McKeon, author of Whitman's upcoming America's Beautiful National Parks: A Handbook for Collecting the New National Park Quarters
  • An introduction by hobby legend Q. David Bowers
  • The History of Coins
  • Collecting Coins
  • The Parts of a Coin
  • How Are Coins Made?
  • How Much is a Coin Worth?
  • How to Examine Your Coins
  • How to Grade Your Coins
  • Grading Terminology
  • A Photo Guide to Grading
  • Buying Coins
  • Storing Your Coins
  • Collecting National Park Quarters
  • The 56 Sites in the National Park Quarters Program
  • Pocket Change You Can Collect
  • Older Coins You Can Collect
  • Join a Club

In addition to encouraging young readers to collect coins, a goal of Adventure Across the National Parks is to spark an interest in the nation's natural resources. "As you collect the quarters," writes McKeon in the foreword, "be sure to read up on the places they depict—I'm sure they'll surprise you. There are lush rainforests and remote glaciers, glittering ice caves and rolling grasslands, sprawling forests and scenic parkways. There are a few places you are really going to want to drive to and others that you can only see by boat or, better, kayak."

"Each of the coins is bound to be exciting," writes Bowers in the introduction. "Every one of us will learn something new." Adventure Across the National Parks has stories and facts about every national park, forest, and other site honored in the Mint's quarter-dollar coinage program, which runs through 2021.

For more information, see: Adventure Across the National Parks (www.whitmanbooks.com/Default.aspx?Page=81&ProductID=0794828884)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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