The Gateway Arch
Celebrating Western Expansion
From the Series Core Content Social Studies — Let's Celebrate America
This magnificent arch rises on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. The nation’s tallest monument is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, honoring Thomas Jefferson’s vision of westward expansion. This magnificent arch rises on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. The nation’s tallest monument is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, honoring Thomas Jefferson’s vision of westward expansion. Despite its controversial beginning, this amazing structure is now a national treasure and symbol of the nation’s reach from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Social Studies|
|Publisher||Red Chair Press|
|Imprint||Red Chair Press|
|Number of Pages||32|
School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
“This series chronicles the development of well-known U.S. landmarks. Kids learn that the Gateway Arch is symbolic of St. Louis being a gateway to the west and that an artist named Lei Yixin was the sculptor of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. Handsome photographs are plentiful in all of the books, adding to their appeal. However, there are a few questionable moments. Mentions of American Indians in Yellowstone are spare, and the term enemy alien appears in the text and is listed in the glossary in Ellis Island. An appealing design will make these popular introductions among those curious about U.S. history and geography.”—School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
Author: Joanne Mattern
Former editor Joanne Mattern has written over 350 children's books, many of which focus on animals and nature. Joanne lives in New York state with her human family and several animals.