Forget all the stereotypes. Forget all the jokes. Arkansas is a state with a lively history, a rugged, hardworking people, some of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen, its own brand of music, art, and culture, and a nature lover’s paradise.
Since I grew up only a few miles from the Ozark National Forest, I chose a book that reminds me of that childhood, barefoot kids, folk music, lightning bugs, rattlesnakes, and beans and cornbread.
Fiddlin’ Sam is about a man who travels through the Ozark Mountains playing his fiddle to make the people happy. In return the people share what they have, usually in the form of food, to say thanks. In the story Sam is looking for someone to pass his fiddle and his music to before he runs out of time. The story is very good and the artwork consists of beautifully done watercolor pictures that perfectly capture the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.
Fiddle music also captures the state of Arkansas really well. In fact, Mountain View, Arkansas is the Folk Music Capital of the World and they host a folk and bluegrass music festival every year. Probably the most famous Arkansas fiddle song is The Arkansas Traveler which was actually Arkansas’ state song from 1949-1963. You will probably recognize the tune as a children's song, but the original words are here.
Along with the story of Fiddlin’ Sam and the song The Arkansas Traveler, I created a printable book so that you and your family can visit some more interesting sights around Arkansas.
The printable is laid out like Eric Carle’s book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? You will be illustrating the book and filling in the appropriate location in the blanks.
On the last page is a map of Arkansas for you to locate the places you’ve visited.
I also included the place names at the end of the printable in case you’re having trouble finding the answers.
I hope your family enjoys traveling the state of Arkansas as much as mine does and be sure to check out the other states below.
Proud to be an Arkansan living in the tree house,
ChelliAlaska: Little Wonders’ Days
Alabama: Everyday Snapshots
Alabama: Everyday Snapshots
Arizona: Simply Kinder (holding a giveaway)
Arkansas: Country Fun's Book Files
California: Juggling with Kids and The Outlaw Mom
Colorado: Learners in Bloom and Living Montessori Now
Connecticut: The Teacher Park
Delaware: Mama Miss
Florida: Teaching Stars
Georgia: Fabulously First
Hawaii: Teaching With Style (holding a giveaway)
Idaho: True Aim Education
Illinois: Growing Book by Book
Indiana: Teach Preschool
Iowa: Surviving a Teacher's Salary
Kentucky: Chicken Babies (holding a giveaway)
Louisiana: New Orleans Moms Blog (holding a giveaway)
Maine: Country Fun Child Care
Maryland: Picture Books and Piourettes
Massachusetts: Mama Smiles
Michigan: Play DrMom
Minnesota: The Wise Owl Factory (free printable game too)
Mississippi: Coming Soon
Missouri- Ready. Set. Read!
Montana: The Honey Bunch
Nebraska: The Good Long Road
Nevada: Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
New Hampshire: Elementary Matters
New Jersey: The Pleasantest Thing
New Mexico: Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
New York: What Do We Do All Day
North Carolina: Realistic Teacher Blog
North Dakota: ND HealthWorks
Ohio: Smart Chick Teacher's Blog
Oklahoma: Herding Kats in Kindergarten
Oregon: Journey of a Substitute Teacher
Pennsylvania: Land of Once Upon a Time
Rhode Island: Smiling in Second Grade (holding a giveaway)
South Carolina: Cookies and Kiddos and JDaniel4’s Mom
South Dakota: The Wise Owl Factory (free printable game too)
Tennessee: No Monkey Business
Texas: Curls and a Smile and Kid World Citizen
Utah: Teach Beside Me
Vermont: Burlington Vt Moms Blog
Virgina: Once Upon a Story and The Freckled Homeschooler
Washington: Coming Soon
West Virginia: This Week @ Great Peace Academy and Mamas Like Me
Wisconsin: Reading Confetti
Wyoming: No Twiddle Twaddle
USA: The Corner on Character