[NHDOE-ETNews] Donation of children's geography ebooks for NH elem school libraries

Higgins, Cathy CHiggins at ed.state.nh.us
Tue Feb 16 14:44:01 EST 2010

A Nashua couple have kindly offered to donate children's e-books to NH elementary school libraries. Please see the details of this donation and their contact information if you have questions. 


Dr. Cathy Higgins
State Director of Educational Technology
Office of Educational Technology
NH Department of Education
101 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301
Voice: 603-271-2453 
OET Website: www.nheon.org/oet

-----Original Message-----
From: Ellen Weisberg [mailto:ellenweis1966 at yahoo.com]
Sent: Mon 2/15/10 7:24 PM
To: Higgins, Cathy
Subject: Donation of children's geography ebooks for New Hampshire elementary school libraries
Attention: NH Department of Education Representative, Cathy Higgins 
NH Department of Education, New Hampshire Educational Media Association

Dear Ms. Higgins,

As part of a nonprofit venture, my husband and I (residents of Nashua, NH)are donating ebook versions of "All Across Canada" (Chipmunkapublishing, 2008) and "All Across China" (Chipmunkapublishing, 2009) to New Hampshire elementary schools for use by students and Grade 3-6 teachers. It would be very much appreciated if you could advise us as to how to make school librarians throughout the state of New Hampshire aware of these donations.  

"All Across Canada" and "All Across China" can each be downloaded on their website display pages using the following link to our authors' website:


(To change orientation of the pdf from sideways to right side up, just go under "view" and "rotate clockwise." I presently have a pdf of "All Across Canada" that is upright, which I could send to you as an e-mail attachment-I'm hoping to have this uploaded onto our authors' website soon). 

Alternatively, you can try to download the ebooks using this link:


We recently received the following feedback for the children's geography ebooks from the Vice Principal of a public elementary school in San Bernardino, California:

"I downloaded copies myself for preview.  I have some positive feedback.  Being an e book they can be shown to a whole class per slide and used to augment the curriculum nicely.  We have projection devices at our school that they can be used in conjunction with for a good, whole class or small group viewing.  The detail of the pictures and graphs adds to the visual learning modality too. Thanks for the opportunity."

"All Across Canada" was submitted to Kirkus Discoveries as a representative of our geography series, and it received a favorable review (published online). "All Across China" is presently being translated into Chinese for distribution in China by an Asian professor at Beijing University, who is in assocation with Five College Center for East Asian Studies. Professor JuFei Wang will be included as a co-author for the translated version.

Our third book in this series, "Friends and Mates in Fifty States," features original cartoons and poems about the United States, with each state capital represented by a cartoon character named for the city (such as Denver, a boy who lives in Colorado). The book is designed to help familiarize children from ages 6-11 with U.S. geography in a fun and self-motivating way. 

"Friends and Mates in Fifty States" has thus far received considerable interest from libraries and schools, including Montessori schools. Kenneth J. Relihan (Social Studies & World Languages, New Hampshire Department of Education) has favorably reviewed Friends and Mates in Fifty States, describing it as "unique and original." We are hoping to eventually have a link for a complimentary pdf version of this book, as well.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at ellenweis1966 at yahoo.com. 

Best wishes,
Ellen Weisberg, Ph.D.
Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Ken Yoffe, M.D., Ph.D.
Merrimack Valley Pediatric Associates


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