American Fun Facts is one big book gathering all the important facts everybody should know! For example: What is the tallest mountain? What are the most popular sports? How did the United States get its name? Would you know all the answers? The graphic illustrations will give young readers even more fun to learn!
J. E. Bright is the author of more than eighty books. He specializes in children's books for all ages. Before being a writer, he worked as an executive editor at Simon & Schuster, senior editor at Scholastic, and editor at HarperEntertainment, HarperCollins Publishers. He lives in New York.
Mehdi Dewalle is a Belgian illustrator, specializing in graphic novels. He has published several books with Erasme Publishing.
1.Who created Mickey Mouse?
In 1928, Walt Disney asked his chief animator Ub Iwerks to sketch ideas for a new character. Iwerks drew cats and frogs and cows and dogs, but Disney didn’t think they’d found their new star. Then one day a mouse visited Disney at his desk and he fed it crumbs.
So Disney collaborated with Iwerks to create a mouse character. To make animating it easier, Iwerks designed Mickey's body, head, and ears in big circles. Disney planned to name the mouse Mortimer, but his wife Lillian decided on a less formal name: Mickey.
Disney and Iwerks co-directed a short cartoon, which Iwerks animated with the assistance of Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising. It took them six weeks to draw the entire film. In 1928, along with his girlfriend Minnie, Mickey Mouse’s first starring role in Plane Crazy was released to the world.
It flopped with audiences.
Disney produced a second Mickey cartoon called The Gallopin' Gaucho. Iwerks animated it. That second short also got little attention.
However, their third cartoon, Steamboat Willie, broke through in a big way. It helped that they added the innovation of sound.
Mickey Mouse became an international superstar, speaking with the friendly, airy voice of Walt Disney.
21.What was the first National Park in America?
In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a bill from US Congress establishing Yellowstone, usually considered the first national park in the world.
Located mostly in Wyoming, with small extensions into Idaho and Montana, the park covers 3,472 square miles. It’s 63 miles wide north to south, and 54 miles east to west by air. It’s larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island put together.
The park’s highest point is Eagle Peak, at 11,358 feet above sea level. Reese Creek is its lowest point at 5,282 feet. Along with its spectacular lakes, rivers, waterfalls, canyons, and mountains, Yellowstone is famous for its geothermal activity, especially Old Faithful Geyser. Yellowstone Lake covers the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest active volcano on the continent.
Most of the park is subalpine forest, with only 15% of the protected area being grassland, and 5% covered by water.
Hundreds of mammal, reptile, fish, and bird species live in the park, some of which are threatened or endangered. There are herds of bison and elk, along with wolves and bears, including Grizzly bears. Multiple unique species of plants and trees grow across the park.
Yellowstone is also popular for its outdoor recreation. Approximately 3.5 million people visit the park every year, enjoying activities such as sightseeing, camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. In wintertime, tours travel by snowmobile or snow coach.