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: Although America officially declared its independence in 1776, we owe much of our heritage, culture, and even style of living to England, our mother country. In B is for Big Ben: An England Alphabet, young readers are given an armchair tour of a country that may be small in size (smaller than the state of New York!) but a giant in history, achievement, and influence. Of course, everyone has heard about England's famous kings and queens, and castles and monuments. But did you know that many of our everyday conveniences started as British ideas? Charles Babbage designed the first computer in the nineteenth century. And guess what contribution came from the Earl of Sandwich? From the ancient stillness of Stonehenge to the picturesque charm of the Lake District to the bustling streets of London, B is for Big Ben reveals the many treasures, past and present, of merry old England.To find recipes, games, interactives maps and much more for this title visit www.discovertheworldbooks.com! Pamela Duncan Edwards was born and lived in England many years before moving to the United States. As the author of more than 25 children's books, she is a popular visitor to schools and reading conferences. Pamela's other books with Sleeping Bear Press are Why the Stomach Growls and O is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet. She lives in Vienna, Virginia. Melanie Rose's artwork has graced the pages of numerous Sleeping Bear Press books including Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet; A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet; and H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet. A native of England, Melanie is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and lives in Ontario Canada.