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Why are the Mountains Smoky?

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When your young son asks questions ranging from "why are black bears black" and "how tall are trees in the Smoky Mountains" and more and you can't answer any of them... then it's time to research and write a book.

While working on a Smoke In the Mountains - the Art of Appalachian Barbecue, Kent Whitaker, winner of the Emeril Live barbecue contest, often drove many research miles with his young son in the back seat of his jeep.  Like many parents he also found that his son asked a staggering amount of "kid" style questions and Kent realized... he didn't know all of the answers!

Whitaker turns these questions, and more, into a easy to read book complete with his own illustrations..

"This little book is a treasure-trove of facts about the Smoky Mountains."
"Of course it would be great to have along if you're traveling with kids--but there are so many interesting facts that adults will enjoy it too."

--American Authors Association

watmspage2lowFrom Kent
I had a great time writing and illustrating this book. It truly is a work of love. First, love for being able to have my young son, now grown and serving our country. I tried to make it as easy to read as possible for parents and for young readers. The format is broken down into general topics ranging from wildlife to plants, foods and neat things to see in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Often called "The Smokies."

Hope you enjoy the book with your family.


Why are the mountains smoky? Well, it's not smoke....The blue haze found over the Great Smoky Mountains is caused by changes in the weather, temperature and moisture in the air. The smoke is like fog and low-level clouds!

watmspage3lowAny parent will smile at the inspiration for Why are the Mountains Smoky? It was those curious wee people in Kent Whitaker's backseat on a pumpkin shopping trip through the North Georgia mountains.

Whitaker's research encompasses all the elements of culture, history and folklore of the Great Smoky Mountains and is as entertaining for adults as it is informative for children. Every possible question a young inquisitive mind may ask is answered. Topics include: the Cherokee Nation; black bears; other native animals; native plants and trees; the Appalachian Trail; and trivia about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

You will want to add this book to your parents' survival kit for the next trip to the Smokies.

Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews

Book Facts
Why are the Mountains Smoky?
Neat Facts about the Southern Appalachian Mountains
Written and Illustrated by Kent Whitaker
Overmountain Press, 2004
Trade paper, $9.95 (124 pages)
ISBN: 1-57072-290-0



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