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Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 24, 2006

4.6 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews

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Starred Review. The creators of America: A Patriotic Primer and A Is for Abigail have compiled their most encompassing paean to the U.S. yet, here bypassing an alphabetical roundup in favor of a cross-country road trip. An opening gatefold previews for readers the route that five affable family members will take as they set off from their Massachusetts home. They traverse the other 47 contiguous states (and Washington, D.C.) before making final stops in Alaska and Hawaii. The creatively cluttered pages collect words and images that present a pleasing potpourri of past and present: Glasser depicts the touring family viewing landmarks and natural wonders alongside portraits of influential individuals who hail or hailed from each state. The children's snippets of communications to those back home convey welcome personal observations: the boy text-messages a friend; and the girl pens notes to her grandmother (e.g., "Dear Grandma, I want to live in Hershey, PA—the air smells like chocolate, and even the streelights are shaped like Hershey's kisses!"). Glasser utilizes every spare inch of space, including decorative borders that accommodate memorable quotations, song lyrics and historical data. Young armchair explorers will savor this spirited, whistle-stop celebration of America. All ages. (Oct.)
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Grade 2–5—The beauty and diversity of America are celebrated as three children, their parents, and their dog travel across the country in high spirits. Starting in Massachusetts, the family finds interesting details: Dr. Seuss National Memorial, the first post office, and famous people like Deborah Sampson and Herman Melville. The pages are alive with many small pictures, text, and maps. Some captions are hand lettered, and watercolor-and-ink drawings are numerous and appealing. Design elements for each state pull the book together: a "photograph" of the family enjoying a site, the background map, borders reflecting a dominant feature of the state. Readers will search for the children to read their messages: Annie writes letters to Grandma; Ben stays in touch with Grandpa, and with his friend Alex by text messaging: "alex. I'm watching a guy make shoes in the 19th century. kidding! it's at old sturbridge village. ben." Some states enjoy a spread, but most fit comfortably on one page. A foldout map shows the route the family followed, and Cheney introduces the book enthusiastically: "Perhaps none of us will ever be lucky enough to take such a grand road trip…but surely we are fortunate to live in a country where all these things-and so many more-form the fabric of our national life." There are just enough visual details and fascinating facts to keep children absorbed for hours.—Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 74 pages
  • Publisher: S&S BFYR (October 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689867174
  • ASIN: B000W082T4
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.5 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,094,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If Robin Preiss Glasser is your illustrator you can't go wrong. Then add Lynne Cheney's years of studying American history and you have a best-selling children's book. We love this book in our family. I ordered it before Thanksgiving thinking of it as a gift, but then couldn't wait to share it. It's fun to sit with youngsters, pick out a state (we use one of our favorite puzzles to do that...a puzzle of Our 50 States), find that state in the book and then have fun reading about that choice. Each state's page includes the date that state entered the Union along with a lot of other interesting information. In the front of the book is an index that tells the reader the page each state can be found on in case you want to find a particular state and move on from there. (You may notice in looking at the book on Amazon's site, that the great state of Michigan is the page shown as a sample.)

Some years back I ordered, through a company associated with Highlights magazine for kids, a set of booklets and maps for each state of the Union. This is a perfect companion piece to that set. Our grandkids already love those books and maps.

The book may be a little busy for children who have difficulty focusing on the task at hand, but, in general it is a very entertaining and informative book. I highly recommend it.
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It is a great book for children to learn about America, its geography, history, and much more. I don't know why some reviewers even mention their political orientation here. It has really nothing to with the great book. It is a perfect educational volume for children, no matter by whom it was written. It reminds me very much of the third book from the series Cats are rascals, in which the readers also learn a lot about American history and geography by following the Oregon Trail with all the cats back in the year 1862. Check it out at Why Some Cats are Rascals ( Book 3)
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Although the information in the book was wonderful and well illustrated it was very difficult to read the fine print. Also, I didn't like the way the book was organized. I would have perferred the states in alphabetical order or at least to have an index with page numbers to find things easily. I teach and gave one to my niece who is in 5th grade, I donated another to our school library and kept one for my own classroom. The kids enjoy it and we have all learned some interesting facts about each state. But, the small print is rather hard on the eyes.
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I bought this book for my 10 year old grandson. Before giving it to him for Christmas, I looked through it. I hope he will use this book while doing his homework. It is very well written and appeals to, not only children, but I learned somethings from it too.
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I ordered this book on the recommendation of someone on our local homeschool chat forum. WOW! What a great book! My 8 year old has not put it down since it arrived. It went in the car with us, to the store, even to a meal at a restaurant, bed time you name it. He found the information very interesting and kept finding things we NEED to see on a family vacation. I think the illustrations are fun and the author chose a variety of facts to share that interested all members of our family.
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What a great way to teach young children about US Geography. My daughter loves the map in the front of the book to trace out routes to new and exciting adventures. When she gets to the state her adventure ends, we read that page together. At 4, she really loves to learn about the states.
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This is a great book to learn many interesting things about America and all the pages are done in colored drawing form which is great for children. I have gone through the book several times and my 7 year old grandson has viewed and read it more. A very good format to learn many of the facts you never knew about America's states.
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Teachers will love this book! It puts facts into a child's perspective
instead of just memorizing facts.
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