From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3 Where are the most potatoes grown? What industry is big in Oregon? Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? The answers to these questions and others can be found in this colorful and creative title. For each state from Alabama to Wyoming plus Washington, DC, and the U.S. Territories readers will find a half-page illustration consisting of a map, a picture of the state bird, flower, and products, playfully arranged along with a few facts, statistics, and bits of interesting trivia. Each picture incorporates at least one question that is answered in the back of the volume. Leedy has outdone herself with delightful illustrative details, particularly in the presentation of each state's name. California is written in fruits; New York is written in lights. This book is truly a celebration of the diversity and wealth of our nation. Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Here's a happy hodgepodge that will introduce primary-grade kids to the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. territories. Each page contains simple pictures of two states, with bits of state lore and information scattered about. The state capital, a place or event, the year the state entered the Union, and the state bird, flower, river, or lake are among the facts on the map. These facts are noted in various typefaces, but the key to the typefaces is on the title page, making it hard to find; happily, however, the key is not really necessary. Kids will delight in taking a look at the diminutive images that cover the state, and a second look at things they might have missed the first time around, e.g., the letters of California formed by fruits and veggies, or the ballooned questions, such as "What is a Hoosier?" --which are answered on the last page. Brightly colored and amusingly designed, this is a simple yet winning introduction to the U.S. Ilene Cooper