Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore

Children - Educational
36 Pages
Reviewed on 09/06/2013
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Author Biography

Little Miss History Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE is the first in a new series of children's nonfiction books featuring a funny character named Little Miss History who takes you on a journey to visit historic places. This book is appropriate for middle grade classrooms, libraries, and homes. The author is a historian who writes biweekly historical articles for the Columbia Insider. She is also a parent, grandparent and retired educator who wants to help make learning history a fun experience. That is why Barbara developed a whimsical character who makes finding out facts fun and interesting! In the words of one reviewer...”I wish we had books like this when I was in school.” The vivid illustrations done in mixed media format enthrall children of all ages from two and up, even though the independent reading level is targeted for ages 8+. The author also hopes to entice adults to learn more about history and perhaps even investigate further by visiting these landmarks.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore, written by Barbara Ann Mojica and illustrated by Victor Ramon Mojica, is both a fun children’s book to read and a learning experience. Little Miss History takes the reader to Mount Rushmore in Dakota. Little Miss History shares with the reader facts about Mount Rushmore, including the dimensions of the faces and also how they were built. Details about fighting over the land, beginning in the late 1800s and which has continued to present day, are shared as well. Each page is illustrated with great detail for the reader to enjoy. This book is a part of a series, as the book ends with Little Miss History saying the next stop will be in New York, visiting the Statue of Liberty.

Barbara Ann Mojica and Victor Ramon Mojica have done a wonderful job with creating their book. I think I enjoyed it just as much as my children. This is an excellent and unique way to teach children about history and historical places in the United States. There is so much information included in this book, but it is shared in a way that is easy to read and understand, and not be overwhelming for children. I see that there are only two books in this series as of now, but I love the concept and hope that there are several more volumes to come. I would buy each one.

By Rebecca Laffar-Smith

My 11yo son and I both enjoyed Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE. As Australians, we were coming to this snippet of American history with very limited prior knowledge. All we already knew was that the rock-face sculpture existed and that it showed the faces of former U.S.A presidents. We learned a great deal and enjoyed the way so many interesting facts were drawn into a narrative recounting. The accompanying illustrations make the story rich and compliment the text beautifully.

I also thought it was wonderful how the author presented an impartial perspective regarding the conflict of indigenous land rights. We have a similar history in Australia with a history of our British settlers hostile takeover of Aboriginal lands, so my son and I could relate to the story of Chief Crazy Horse. I love how the author invites readers to make up their own mind about the matter. It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and to look with compassion and objectivity at an issue that can be a hot button topic for many.

As a children's book publisher myself, I’d also like to compliment the beautiful layout and design. The illustrations displayed nicely on the Kindle App on my iPad Mini with the colours being a pleasing mix of tones. The font is a warm mixture of flowing lines and clear, distinct letting. It’s well balanced on the pages and the slightly softened contrast makes for a more pleasant read for dyslexic readers (something my son and I both appreciate).

By JS Reads

Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore is a terrific educational story. It's the perfect book to interest young readers to history! Adults would be interested, too. A creative, full color illustration fills each page. I particularly like the proportional illustration with one normal-size and one gigantic Miss History, to clarify the huge size of the carved heads: “The carvings are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall.” The history is intriguing and clearly presented; illustrations make this information even more appealing and understandable. This book would make a great gift for children and grandchildren! Highly recommend.

By Michelle Eastman

A beautifully illustrated picture book that is sure to capture the interest of readers young and old. I loved the way the illustrator incorporated the look of photographs within his drawings. Miss History, herself, pulls the reader into the action as she narrates the story. It is full of interesting facts and back stories. I like how the author leaves the discussion of who should own the land surrounding the monument open for readers to ponder. She also left me curious about the next book in the series, The Statue of Liberty. This book would make an excellent addition to home and classroom libraries. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I look forward to her upcoming books!

By Carole P Roman

Wonderful way to be an armchair traveler and visit some of the Unites States thrilling monuments. Little Miss History is an adorable guide that takes the reader behind the scenes in this book to Mount Rushmore. She goes into quite a bit of detail, explaining the scope and cost of the project giving fascinating facts, like the amount of explosives needs and the type of rock, as well as many of the challenges the sculptors faced. Even more interesting, Mojica doesn't shy from controversy regarding the bitter dispute between the United States government and the Native Americans over the land. This opens the door to discussions on how to solve the issue a appreciate the many cultures sharing American history.

By Maryann D'Amico

Little Miss History has great illustrations and makes learning fun for children. History can be hard to learn because it can be boring. But, the character Little Miss History makes it easier to keep attention on the facts because the story telling is approachable and interesting coming from the character. This is great for kids!

By Michele Korenfeld

This delightful book, filled with fun beautiful illustrations, will inspire kids' minds, nurture their curiosity and broaden their horizons. A great tool for raising kids who love learning, making them feel that our global village has plenty of room for the wonderful diversity of people in our world.

By Booklover

downloaded this for my kid and then was honestly embarrassed at how little I knew about Mr. Rushmore. The book is clear, brief, engaging and full of bite size facts just perfect for kids (and grownups like me).

By Catherine Johnson

Great read! We can't wait to read more of this series.

Books that Sow Strength,

Wow, and Wow again! Writing this book was a great idea. I was taken away with "History" as she indeed took me "somewhere."

Teachers using thematic lessons as they teach children short history lessons will certainly appreciate a book like this. We all know "tidbits' about Mount Rushmore, but to learn about the intricate particulars simply amazed me.

I love the fine points of this story. A detail within this book teaches not only children, but adults alike. Each person may learn one or two added facts they may not have known until reading Mojica's book.

It is my understanding that this is a book the first in a series, so I can't wait to read the others.

I'd be remiss not to mention the illustrations. What vivid and "on the point" illustrations tailored so appropriately. Some illustrations even made me chuckle as I was pulled into the story more.

If you are looking for supplemental history materials to help you explain lessons in a fun, accurate way, this is the book for you. Take a closer look at this book yourself, and share it with all the educators in your circle.

I salute author, Mojica.


Format: Paperback

What a wonderful reading experience: Little Miss History Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE. A fun children's book, which educates children about American history.

I was always fascinated by children's books that help children to develop a knowledge of American history. Little Miss History Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE is written in a very creative way by historian Barbara A. Mojica. The author wisely introduces children to the historical facts, value, and meaning of American historical landmarks. Easy to follow, this delightful children's book captured my attention from the first page. Informative, uplifting, and amusing, Little Miss History took me for a wonderful trip to Mount Rushmore, where she introduced me to a piece of American history.

Reading this book, I felt as if I were on top of Mount Rushmore observing the history unfolding in front of my eyes. I learned about two of the greatest landmarks, Six Grandfathers and Chief Crazy Horse Memorial. The story itself is exciting, engaging, and very educational. It will absorb children with many historical facts about the Mount Rushmore National Memorial and what this monument means for Americans. The illustrations in this book are charming and entertaining. They perfectly reflect each episode and fact.

While reading this book, children will have fun traveling with Little Miss History to the Black Hills of South Dakota. They will also have a wonderful learning experience. When I turned the last page of this fun children's book, I felt as if Little Miss History had become my friend. Entertaining, exciting, and very outgoing, she teaches children about the history of our nation.

I would highly recommend this book for teachers and parents who would like to learn history with their children while having fun. Great children's book for any age! I can hardly wait for the next book, The Statue of Liberty.

By P J LaRue

Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore is an educational and fun way to introduce children to history. Ms. Mojica is a historian and retired educator, and her love of history is conveyed effortlessly throughout the book. She brings life to the presidents memorialized in stone at Mount Rushmore, along with other related characters. The illustrations are well-drawn and match perfectly with the story being told.

An interesting feature at the beginning of the book is how Ms. Mojica introduces children to the narrator, Miss History, similar to a movie's opening scenes rolling prior to the credits. This creative beginning lets children and parents know that there is an adventure coming. Ms. Mojica plans additional books in the series, and I for one, cannot wait to read them, even though I don't have children.

By JpP

have to be honest and say that history was never one of my favorite subjects in school but through little miss history and the incredible illustrations, I actually was interested in wanting to know more. If history books were all done this way with cool illustrations and fun ways of telling a story, using actual facts as told in the book then my love of history would have increased a million times over. I think this book is truly very unique and one of its kind that can help parents and teachers teach kids how to appreciate our great country by sharing facts and cool illustrations that bring the story to life. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to teach their kids about history or well known monuments as in this case Mount Rushmore! I can't wait to see where Little Miss History takes us next ....

By Renee@MotherDaughterBo

My daughter and I read and reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Here's what we thought:


This book is about a girl who travels to Mount Rushmore and talks about the heads carved into the mountain. Little Miss History is a young girl who has weird red glasses, black hair, a safari suit, and hiking boots. She travels around the world getting information about landmarks like Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty.

The pictures were really good. I liked the pictures of Mount Rushmore. It was cool to see how big it is compared to her. The eyes and nose are really big compared to her. It was a cool record that no one got killed during the whole construction. I also liked how there is a secret hiding place with a secret box behind the heads of the presidents. I want to go there one day. Another part I liked is when it was called Mount Crazy Horse after the Indian chief.

There was a lot of information about Mount Rushmore. I learned that there were 506 steps the workers had to climb every day and descend. I also learned it took 14 years to carve - that's a long time. I learned that they plan to build a monument close by that is even bigger than Mount Rushmore. I thought this book was really good and gave good information. I think kids 6 years and older would like this book.


Meet "Little Miss History", the young girl with the cool sunglasses, decked out in her pig-tails, traveling clothes, and clunky hiking boots. She is our tour guide to people, places, and things of historical significance. In Barbara Ann Mojica's first book in the Little Miss History educational children's book series - Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore - we are transported to the Black Hills of South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore, the monument depicting four United States presidents, is carved into the mountainside.

Little Miss History shares with us information about this famous U.S. landmark including the names of the presidents included (Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, & Lincoln, the artist behind the monument (Gutzon Borglum), the dimensions of the landmark (it's big), and many, many facts about how it was constructed, the cost of construction, the tensions around treaty rights with the Native American peoples of South Dakota, and plans for further artistic development in the area.

My Thoughts:

Barbara Ann Mojica has created an impressive new series which merges a friendly leading character, eye-catching imagery, and plenty of fun facts about the history of important people and places. In short, Little Miss History has the potential to be a series of dynamic and interesting history books for young and *ahem*... "older" eyes alike. Each page in the book states one fact (sometimes 2) about Mount Rushmore, so 26 pages of illustrations makes for many, many facts! The text accompanying each page is short and can easily understood by young children. For example, this is the text on a typical page:

The carvings are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall.

I have been to see Mount Rushmore myself when I was a wee child of about 5 years. I was very impressed with the monument, but because there were 506 steps to climb to get to it (a fact shared by Little Miss History), I was not allowed to ascend. Truth be told, even though I've been to see the monument, I must admit that I learned so much from this little book. For example, I did not know that there were six stone tablets with writing on them place in a box behind the heads of the presidents. Maybe I would have known this if I had climbed the steps. Oh well, we'll just add Mount Rushmore to our travel bucket list!

We all loved the illustrations. They are fun, kid-friendly, and very detailed. In some cases, photographs are incorporated into the illustrations. In one such merging of mediums, I learned that Jefferson was initially supposed to go to Washington's right, but because of the poor quality of the rock face in that area, he was carved to his left instead. In the photo on the website, you can see that they had begun to carve Jefferson's face to Washington's right. That photo is included in the book. History lessons are oh-so-much-better when you can use old photos!

My Bottom Line:

I am very impressed by this book. The educational value is high; the text is easily read and understood; and there are fantastic accompanying illustrations. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, where Little Miss History will be our tour guide to the Statue of Liberty. Well done!

I think that children (ages 3+) and grown-ups alike will love reading fun facts about famous landmarks in the United States. My only question to the author is whether she will continue to focus on famous American landmarks and monuments, or does Little Miss History plan on doing some international travels?

* This book was provided to us by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review.*

By Hope Irvin Marston

This is the first story in a picture book series of visits to historical landmarks in the United States. Readers of all ages will catch the enthusiasm of their guide, the able and audacious Little Miss History, created by a talented husband-wife author and illustrator team. Looking like a young park ranger or an energetic camp guide, this fearless leader is well equipped to inform and entertain her audience with her inside knowledge of the creation of Mount Rushmore. Details such as the length of the eyes, noses and mouths of the presidents are shown with the guide suspended by a cable giving a clear perspective of the size of this monument. Other interesting tidbits explain how it was made, the problems faced, the time involved, the cost of the project and why it was carved out in the first place. The story closes with a thought-provoking tie-in to the Lakota Sioux Native Americans and poses a question for the reader to ponder.

The skills of this author-illustrator team and their perfect marriage of text with drawings, both long range and up close, begin with amusing depictions on the opening pages with Little Miss History introducing herself and preparing the reader for what lies ahead. Riveting details tell the story in 26 pages with only a couple of lines on most of them. Add the word count from the introductory pages to the story itself and you'll still be under 500. That's an admirable feat in itself.

The book has an eighth grade reading level. Dividing a couple of long sentences would make the story accessible to younger readers who will love the details in the story. The large font will be a joy to the visually handicapped as well as kids who don't want a lot of words and sentences on every page. I look forward to reading about Little Miss History's next visit--to the Statue of Liberty.

By Mommytotwins+1NY

The detailed illustrations allow Little Miss History to take kids to Mount Rushmore, and the writing style of the book gives factual information in a way they will understand. As an educator, I know that hands on learning is best. "Traveling to Mount Rushmore" in this book is a great way for kids to learn all about the historical landmark. As I mom, I can tell you that my kids (both in the classroom and at home) will love this book. Highly recommend! Cant wait for the next book in the series to come out.

By Kitty Muse Book Review

So read this book and I'll take you somewhere!"

At this invitation, we are off on an adventure!

The story behind the creation of Mt. Rushmore comes alive in a way that young to middle-school children can really relate to. Not only does Ms. Mojica tell her readers the well-known facts behind Mt. Rushmore's inception, but also some tidbits that might not be known by everyone. (Did you know that there is a Hall of Records, unfinished, behind the presidents' heads? I didn't!) And, originally, Jefferson was supposed to be carved on Washington's right-but they had to change it because the rock wasn't usable.

Little Miss History gives stats of length, height, and width, but not in some boring graph or table. She does it in an entertaining way, using herself as a comparison.

The illustrations, drawn by Victor Ramon Mojica, are just perfect for this story. Little Miss History is a self-assured, knowledgeable, and fearless young lady with a thirst for adventure. She will definitely appeal to young girls, and hopefully spark an interest in their hearts to explore and dig up history themselves.

This is a series not to be missed. History teachers will love its entertainment value, and the important facts it conveys. Kids will love it for the fun and colorful illustrations. Over-all, a win-win for everyone.

By Diane Mae Robinson,Mul

About the story: History, as her parents call her for short, takes the reader on a trip to Mount Rushmore with very interesting--and probably some little known facts--about how the president's faces were carved, when they were carved, how many workers worked on the carvings, the cost of the project, the official name and Native American name for Mount Rushmore, and the mountain's link to the Native Americans in history.

What I thought: If my history lessons were this interesting when I was a kid, I would have loved learning history. This is an excellent history book with an adventurous main character that talks to kids (and obviously adults--me) in a fun way about history facts. I think this series is an amazing idea, and kids will absolutely love this book and will want to read the other Little Miss History books. Kudos to the author for making history fun.

By Bonnie Ferrante

The cover of this book speaks to the quality inside, captivating, clear, and concise. The high quality illustration continues throughout the book. I was put off by the offbeat rhyming in the introduction but was pleased to find the rest of the book was written in sentences. Barbara Ann Mojica has a gift for both illustration and writing. Readers are given the main points of Mount Rushmore accented by informative pictures that provide clear understanding of the size and dimension of these amazing sculptures. I love the fact that our "tour guide" is a girl in pigtails and Safari clothes. The book relates the history of Mount Rushmore including its construction and key points. The author gently touches on the controversy with the Lakota people over land rights. I highly recommend this book for children ages 6 to 9 who are interested in American history or colossal constructions.

By Indie Author Gal

"Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore" provides the ultimate kids' guide to all things related to the United States' most famously carved presidential foursome, as seen through the (literally) "rose-colored" glasses of a pig-tailed, well-traveled kid adventurer. Part of an ongoing educational series written by retired educator and historian, Barbara Ann Mojita, this invitingly informative picture book does an excellent job of packing an incredible amount of interesting facts into a well-paced and balanced format...neither talking down to nor overwhelming elementary-aged history students. The complementary illustrations by Victor Ramon Mojita offer a unique composite of the cute, cartoon-like explorer, Little Miss History, backdropped by realistically detailed locale motifs, creating an intriguing "three-dimensional" effect that nicely enhances the facts. Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore will easily help ignite the budding historian in your school-aged student -- and even offers a fun and thoughtful take on an inarguably fascinating monument for the rest of us.

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By Flowriter

I highly recommend "Little Miss Liberty Travels to Mount Rushmore" to any parent, teacher, or librarian. Young readers are introduced to “History” a young girl who is the narrator and travel guide of the story. The information is presented in a fun and informative format, as “History” takes the reader on a tour of Mount Rushmore, sharing interesting facts that will delight and interest children, as well as their parents. The illustrations are a great compliment to the information and highlight the massive size, structure, and detail of this great monument. Barbara Mojica has created the first in what appears to be slated as a series that will educate, entertain, and intrigue youngsters while, encouraging them to reflect on the Native American’s association with this grand structure. The story ends with “History” announcing that the next stop will be the Statue of Liberty. As a teacher, I look forward to the sequel. I always search for books that not only educate, but broaden a child’s respect and interest in our nation’s history.

By Kinsman Bookworm Gang

I was attracted to the spunky girl cartoon character on the front of this book, and the inside did not disappoint. Every page is beautifully-illustrated, with enough key facts on the history of Mount Rushmore to capture the imagination, without too many to make kids feel swamped. Little Miss History takes you by the hand and draws you into each scene, allowing the reader to feel connected with the story, and involved in the activities that are described.

I particularly liked that the book sensitively tackles the history of New American rights to land versus Native American rights, encouraging children to see both sides to this argument and to adopt an attitude of tolerance.

A thoroughly enjoyable read! I hope that Little Miss History will travel far, and continue to report back on her discoveries!

By 1 Dream Reader

I was gifted Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore from the author for an honest review. Being a Children's Reading Specialist and Educator I believe this book should be a staple in every classroom teaching US history or geography. Educators crave these types of texts, especially for struggling readers . Each page has a vivid illustration that supports the text. This is big for young readers! I loved how Little Miss History was decked out in safari gear as she scales the huge Monolith. Here students will learn the most important facts about the making of Mount Rushmore and even a few surprising ones I learned. I highly recommend this book for educators and parents. Well done, Barbara Mojica!

By J L Mitchell

Format: Kindle Edition

Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore
Author: Barbara Ann Mojica
Cover Art: Eye-Catching

Little Miss History Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE is well written, informative and a fun way to introduce children to history. Illustrations are amazing and since history is my twelve-year old niece's favorite subject, she is patiently waiting for her mom to buy the next book in the series! I highly recommend.

Join the club and adventure with Little Miss History as she takes you to another interesting place in our great country. Great job Ms. Mojica!!

Review by author of: Children's Books:Selfish Little Bob, Selfish No More (Rabbit Story) (RHYMING PICTURE BOOK) (BEDTIME STORY Ages 3-8)

By Mom of 3 girls

This is such a cute book. As a mom of three girls, I like to keep their library well-rounded. This book is an interesting and fun non-fiction book about Mount Rushmore. Not only is the character guide appealing to kids, it also gives a lot of factual information, presented in a way that kids can understand. I even learned a few things myself! The artistic illustrations help keep the book interesting. My girls love this book and can't wait for the next one in the series. I highly recommend!

Dr. Michael Provitera

Dr. Michael Provitera, author of the book titled "Happy Go Lucky," a children's book for 8 to 12 year olds, reviews "Little Miss History: Travels to Mount Rushmore!"

Barbara Ann Mojica, the author, sets the children's book playing field straight with this one of a kind picture book. Kids could enjoy the story and pictures as they learn about Mount Rushmore and much more. The book begins with a nice rhyme and then takes the reader to heights in history that explore, in detail, a wonderful story. I strongly recommend this book for your child's or student's library!

By Sarah Mazor

Knowledge absorbed in childhood often lasts a life time as it becomes embedded in our brain. It is a challenge however -- especially these days with the many diversions -- to interest kids in reading and learning. In "Little Miss HISTORY Travels to Mount Rushmore" author Barbara Ann Mojica overcomes the obstacle by `enlisting' the services of an intriguing character to teach children about America's past. The adventurous Little Miss History delivers a history lesson permeated with fascinating details, which, along with the great illustrations, will no doubt appeal to young readers and captivate their imagination.

By ksen

History was never my strong suit when I was a student. How I wish my school had books such as Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore to teach us during history class!

This book is informative as well as entertaining, and it allows you to have discussions with children about the subject matter. (Books that can get you and a child to speak about something are winners in our house.) It was written in a way that children will want to learn about Mount Rushmore without being bored. Not only was the story interesting, but the illustrations were great as well. The entire book was family-friendly.

I look forward to this series and seeing all the places that Little Miss History will go.

By M.H.

Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore is a good children's introduction to an important piece of history in the Black Hills of the Dakota territories. Barbara Ann Mojica provides facts concerning the construction of Mount Rushmore and does not leave out the invaluable history of the Lakota tribes. She provides the young and older reader an understanding of how this history is seen differently from the perspectives of Native Americans and others. Little Miss History is engaging, educational and adventurous enough to peak reader interest in learning more.

By Werner Stejskal

I am always waiting for another sequel to this series. These books may be designed for the primary school level, but even I can always learn something new in each book. I enjoy the well drawn illustrations and the short lessons. These books should be in all schools to make history lessons more interesting and avoid kids falling asleep! Enjoy!

By Betty Davis

What a perfect gift for a late elementary or middle school child! This book gives a bit of history of Mt. Rushmore but this book gives the reader so much more. Knowing about our great country through a child's eyes and how she perceives it is a gift in itself. Children don't seem to know a lot about the treasures of our country and this book will inspire anyone child that reads it!

By Diane

What a delightful book. The illustrations are great and children will love them. It is `History' who tells the story and discusses 150 years of American History. This particular book is about Mount Rushmore and Chief Crazy Horse. It raises questions about who that geographical area belongs too and whether everyone should celebrate that piece of history together. If you want your children to take an interest in history, or Mount Rushmore, this is the one. Loved it!


Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE is an enlightening and factual book about traveling to Mt. Rushmore. If you are a parent, I highly suggest you buy ALL the Little Miss HISTORY books. They are easy to read and teach children K-3 about History. A Fun Read and Looking forward to more of Little Miss HISTORY!

By IndieBRAG

Format: Paperback

We are very proud to announce that "Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore" by Barbara Ann Mojica is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is certainly worth their time and money!

By M. Lawrence

I loved this book. The illustrations were beautiful and appropriate for the age group, I think. Although I knew some of the history, I learned a few things about Mount Rushmore. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series.

By Jenn

I enjoyed my nightly storyline with my girls reading this. We all enjoyed the story and have decided to put Mt Rushmore to our vacation list. Very well written and fun read!


This is the first book I have read in the series and I would definitely read another. The book gives interesting facts and makes it fun and simple for children. Little Miss History makes travel interesting from a book!