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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1170L (What's this?)
  • Series: National Geographic Kids
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426309333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426309335
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No Wi-Fi? No problem. Whether you’re driving through states or flying over them on your family vacation, this cool atlas will keep kids engaged with the geography and history all around them." --parentmap.com

"This atlas won’t disappoint the young geographer.” --A Reading Life

About the Author

Crispin Boyer is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Kids Magazine. This is his third book for National Geographic.

Customer Reviews

My 9-year old loves this book.
Molly
The kids thought it was fun to read the interesting facts as we drove.
S. Roach
Lots of colorful pictures, enough information and MAPS!
T. Williams

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus VINE VOICE on March 21, 2012
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Of all the books at my recent book fair, "National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas" was my favorite. I'm the librarian/chair of the book fair, thus I familiarize myself with every book on the case shelves. As a cartophile (map lover), I immediately grabbed this book and Aha! thrilled to its pages!

I evaluate such a book of the 50 states by what is written about my home state, Louisiana. I begin there/here. Each state is allotted two pages. The state map fills one page and information and state symbols the other. The little roads are missing--after all, it takes a big fold-out to include those--but all the state and federal roads are intact. How do I know? A rather narrow state road, 28, runs between Federal Highway 171 and Interstate 49. So what? My grandparents lived in a small community, Simpson, along 28. No, Simpson didn't make the map, but 28 is there.

What is included for each state are these items:
1. 5 Cool things to do here (In Louisiana you can visit the Rose Garden in Shreveport, take a Bayou Boat Tour, visit the Aquarium of the Americas, go through Cajun Country, and tour the French Quarter of New Orleans. A green line exactly locates each place.)
2. A summary paragraph
3. Roadside attractions, like Mardi Gras World, a musuem showing how a float is made
4. Odd information: Did you know that alligators must stay at least 200 yards away from the Mardi Gras parade route.

Each state is set up similarly. Imagine how children can have fun with this--and learn during the summer on those ghastly road trips. The U. S. Road Atlas is most beneficial.

I just flipped open to a particular state. Question: Which state is divided into two parts by the Chesapeake Bay? Yes, if you live near this region, you can answer that.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Cypherpunk on May 30, 2013
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One reviewer made it sound like there's not much to this atlas. I'm a high school teacher, and I notice that many items generically labeled 'for kids' don't have a specific audience or age range in mind. This book is recommended for kids 8 and up. We have a 5 year old and an 11 year old. The 11 year old thinks it's a great trivia book with tons of maps. Our 5 year old thinks it's cool that he has his own maps, like the ones on our navigation system.
The book is colorful, magazine-sized, and very appealing, visually. Most states get a 2-page spread, with a map of the state on one page, 5 Cool Things to do Here surround the map, with colored pointers to their locations, and off to the side a few smaller sections like popular roadside attractions (usually 3), and either a Fantastic State Facts or Traffic Laws You Won't Believe section. There is a brief description of the geography of each state, and images of the state bird, flower, and animal are near the state's name.
Each state also has its own Boredom Buster that will occupy kids for quite a while, though they can be technology-focused. Examples include taking pictures of Clinton references as you travel through Arkansas, searching for famous people from Iowa and see who can find the most, taking pictures of tornado shelters in Kansas and see who can find the most, etc. It also includes 10 pages of games at the back which are colorful, but probably won't last more than a half hour.
Some critics have made it sound like there's not much to the book. I can see that argument in one sense. There's not enough information to occupy bored kids for several hours, as you drive through a state. I do agree with the comment that the US map is too small.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Soden on April 25, 2012
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I like the facts given for each state, but there seems to be a section of interesting places they do not show you on the map. I found it to be a bit cluttered graphically, but I'm sure my 7 yo won't notice too much.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By summer on May 30, 2012
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We are huge fans of Nat Geo books & mags, and this one takes the cake! Crispin Boyer is very talented! It's easy to read, navigate, and very entertaining.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Oviatt on November 23, 2013
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My son loved this book so much, he spent his own money to buy it. He first got it from the library. Because of this book we have planned multiple family vacations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. McMicken on July 1, 2014
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Got this for my five year old to look up facts about states we were visiting and I looked it at just as much if not more than her! It has a large map of the U.S and then a page for each state with interesting facts and information. It has games as well and was a great additions to the Travel scavenger hunt cards we bought as well. Very cool book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Stafford on June 12, 2014
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We bought these for a trip. It lists all the states and a few facts and things to do. Kids would get bored with this in minutes. We didn't even take these books with us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toni Gordon on November 11, 2013
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Love it! My kids learned so much as we explored Maine! Must have for any vacation! So much fun! Great
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Crispin Boyer lives in Xcalak, a small fishing village in Mexico, where he writes about history, wildlife, and technology. He and his wife live on the Caribbean with their flock of hens, a turkey, two roosters, and a guard goose.

His 2013 cover story for National Geographic Kids magazine, "Return of the Missing Lynx," won an Eddie Award for Best Single Article, Youth/Teen. The American Library Association chose his Book "This or That?" as one of 2015's top picks for reluctant young-adult readers.

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