“Picturing America” A Beautiful Look At Thomas Cole’s Life & The Hudson Valley

I am so blessed to live in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. The Hudson Valley Region has so much to offer in breathtaking beauty and diverse culture. We love living only 90 minutes from NYC, so we can attend shows and events, and still live surrounded by trees, meadows, lakes and rivers.

As a hobby photographer, I rarely take a walk where I don’t have my camera around my neck. With the advances in technology, smartphones provide us with a camera we have with us everywhere. I am forever snapping photos and recording video of my amazing surroundings. I love sharing my photos and videos,   so others can experience the pristine beauty.

Picturing America: Thomas Cole And The Birth of American Art by Hudson Talbott, is a stunning biographical picture book and an excellent tool to introduce children to Thomas Cole. This book is so beautiful and filled with fascinating information about the life of Thomas Cole.

Picturing America gives us a bird’s-eye look into Thomas Cole’s life. From his humble beginnings and immigration from England to America, to his development of a new painting style that became America’s first formal art movement: the Hudson River School of painting. The pages of Picturing America are peppered with some of Cole’s most beloved paintings, beautifully framed by Hudson Talbott’s watercolor illustrations.

You can see more in my video review and reading of Picturing America below:

As a resident of the beautiful Hudson Valley, I am thrilled to announce that Penguin Young Readers is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings! One lucky blog reader will win their own hardcover copy of Picturing America! Thank you to Penguin Random House for the review book and for sponsoring this amazing giveaway on Mommy Ramblings! Open to US Residents.

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30 Responses to “Picturing America” A Beautiful Look At Thomas Cole’s Life & The Hudson Valley

  1. Shannon Baas

    Corduroy takes a bow.

  2. beth

    I’d like Turning Pages.

  3. mary chapman

    What a beautiful book! I also love Corduroy!

  4. Abigail Gibson

    I really love The Tale of Peter Rabbit

  5. Donna Clifford

    No boring stories!

  6. Carl

    I am Neil Armstrong by Brad Meltzer. It’s so important that children learn about historical figures. Thanks for the chance to win this cool book!

  7. Derek Miller

    Completely love the Llama Llama series!

  8. Sue E

    I am Neil Armstrong By BRAD MELTZER
    This looks like a fun book for my little astronauts. This picture book is beautiful and serene! Thank you for the opportunity to win this!

  9. rich bar

    holes in the sky

  10. Leela

    I am Neil Armstrong.

  11. Nicole C

    I like Once and for All By Sarah Dessen.

  12. Heather!

    *Kens* sounds hilarious!

  13. Angela Moeller


  14. susan smoaks

    i would love to get holes in the sky

  15. Sarah Mathias

    I would like to read Darius the Great is Not Okay.

  16. Alex

    “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” sounds like fun!

  17. Antoinette M

    We would enjoy reading “Knock! Knock! Where is there?”.

  18. Ed

    “True Colors”!

  19. Buddy Garrett

    I like Black Mountain.

  20. Jennifer H.

    I would pick Friends Forever Derek Anderson.

  21. MIchelle H.

    I like “Skippyjon Jone”.

  22. John H.

    There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake

  23. Cassandra D

    Strega Nona Does It Again.


    True Colors!

  25. Mary Rutter

    I like Litttle Ow’s Snow

  26. joe clark

    I would select Fun,Fun,Fun

  27. donna C

    I like Peter the Rabbit

  28. Philip Lawrence

    I also like the book “Friends Forever”.

  29. Sand

    My littles would love to read I am Sonia Sotomayor
    Brad Meltzer.

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