Issaquah, WA (PRWEB) December 1, 2008
If your dad told you he could put you on the Moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, would you believe him? And what if your big dream was to jump into the cockpit with Charles Lindbergh as he took off for his historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean -- would you say, "Dad, can I please have that for Christmas?"
With his father's help, a young man in Seattle did step back in time to have these experiences, as well as meet Lou Gehrig, FDR, Jonas Salk, Thomas Edison, and even his own great grandfather at Ellis Island in 1907. He learned the secrets to their strength of will, dedication to purpose, and love of country.
Photographer and author Michael Class made all of these magical things come true for his 12-year-old son, Anthony, by using advanced digital photography. After securing permission for photos of historic moments -- and endorsements from people in those photos -- he placed Anthony in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis with Charles Lindbergh, on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, in the laboratories of Thomas Edison and Jonas Salk, on Normandy beach on D-Day, at Ellis Island, and much more.
Father and son worked together for nearly four years to capture and compile adventures with 20th century American heroes. The result is a museum-quality history book, Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame, full of photos and stories of Anthony "meeting" and learning exciting lessons from inspiring Americans.
The Web site, http://www.MagicPictureFrame.com, displays some of the book's captivating photographs. A video telling the story of how the book was made can also be found on the Web site (http://www.magicpictureframe.com/home/watchthevideo.html).
Anthony travels into America's past by stepping through a Magic Picture Frame on his bedroom wall. But, the book also provides a 'time machine' for its readers. It's a way for kids to see, hear, and experience the things that Anthony did in the past: The book includes recommendations for 461 books, 595 movies, 217 songs, and 155 places to visit, all keyed to the subjects of each chapter. The book is a Christmas gift that will entertain and educate for many years to come.
Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame lifts spirits as it stimulates young minds. Embraced by the homeschooling community and parents and teachers nationwide, the book is a memorable gift for young adults, grades 6-12, age 12 to adult.
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin says "parents and teachers will appreciate the inspiring message this unique history book holds for America's next generation. I recommend this book to all young Americans, may they take us to the stars and beyond."
Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame was named Outstanding Book of the Year by Independent Publisher (2006); awarded the Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Award for Excellent Books (2007); is a celebrated winner of an iParenting Media Award for Excellent Products (2007), was named Reviewers Choice by Midwest Book Review (2006); and garnered Editor's Pick by Homefires: The Journal of Homeschooling Online (2006). Nationally syndicated talk-show host Michael Medved calls the book "entertaining and educational."
Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame (hardcover, 225 pages, $15.00) is available at http://www.MagicPictureFrame.com, by calling toll-free 1-800-247-6553, at select bookstores, and on http://www.amazon.com.
Amazon link: http://www.magicpictureframe.com/buythebook.html
Watch the Magic Picture Frame video: http://www.magicpictureframe.com/home/watchthevideo.html
Take Anthony's History Test: http://www.magicpictureframe.com/beyondthestory/anthonyshistorytest.html
Read Book Reviews: http://www.magicpictureframe.com/reviews.html
Note to editors and book reviewers: Michael Class and Anthony are available for interviews. Photographs and review copies of the book are available.
Contact: Michael Class, Magic Picture Frame Studio, P.O. Box 2603, Issaquah, WA 98027-0119.