A new children's book is for sale by Jefferson National Parks Association called "What's That Arch?"
Geared toward children ages 2 through 4 years old, the book takes readers through St. Louis' history, from a time when buffalo roamed the wild frontier, to Thomas Jefferson's vision, Lewis and Clark's expedition, and the Westward Expansion. Through this journey we learn the significance of the Gateway Arch and what it symbolizes for the St. Louis region.
"There are very few books for young children about the history of St. Louis," said Sandra Kreitner, author of "What's That Arch?" and retail operations coordinator at JNPA. "I wanted to show kids how St. Louis became the Gateway to the West in a way that they could understand."
The sale of "What's That Arch?" and other Arch-themed products allow JNPA to support the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the 90-acre national park which includes the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse, providing educational programming, exhibits, special events, and site improvements.
"Writing this book was great," said Kreitner. "But, by far the most fun has been reading this to my 2-year-old daughter. She loves it so much she hasn't let the book out of her sight!"
"What's That Arch?" can be purchased at the Museum Store under the Gateway Arch, at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, and online at shop.jnpa.com.