- Age Range: 6 and up
- Grade Level: 1 and up
- Series: Backseat Books
- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Rand McNally & Company (March 7, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0528965441
- ISBN-13: 978-0528965449
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rand McNally Kids' Road Atlas (Backseat Books) Paperback – March 7, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
*Good overview of the 50 states with basic highlights for each state (state bird, flower, tree, capital, nickname and a color map)
*There is a puzzle/game on each state page. All of them are connected to the state thematically or factually. The games vary in degree of difficulty and amount of writing required. I'd say our nine-year old could do all of them...our seven year old would be able to do some but not all. Some are quick (2 minutes or less), others are rather involved (15-30 minutes)
*To respond to another reviewer's comment, I did not find the state maps to be overly simplistic. For North Carolina, it lists about 50 towns/cities, all the interstates and some of the state roads, some of the bigger lakes, parks, etc. Especially if you are traveling across several states, this map is enough that they could kind of follow the route, noting towns along the way without being overwhelmed.
*It includes a few pages of map skills at the beginning, and an answer and index at end. It covers all fifty states, and one page for Canada and Mexico.
*It has extended use even after activities are completed as a simple atlas--the pencil games don't mark up the maps--all pages are color.
*Not as glitzy as some, but it should keep my child entertained for awhile while providing some educational value. Plus the price is reasonable.
By the way - the best occupier for my twins was the dreaded DVD player. I resisted it until the second day, but since we returned a month ago they have forgotten completely about it. It was a real pain to put in and take out, but it's hidden away and will hopefully not appear until the next mega road trip (which will be VERY far in the future)!
I recommend this for any elementary school aged kid, and I would also suggest it as a great gift idea for any kid who travels a lot. The only complaint I have about this book is that it should have at least one full map of the United States so that kids have a better reference of where each state is located in relation to others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My twins have used this Atlas several times as we take road trips. It was nice to hear them talk about each state as we passed through. Teaches children things about each state. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Denise L. Taddonio
This was a useful book. Maybe just a little boring...... we didn't use it as much as some of the other activities that we got.Published 19 months ago by S. Evert
Very fun for the kids on our road trip.more interesting for kids who are a little older - tween to early teen.Published 21 months ago by gymmom22
I purchased three of these for my Grandkids for our big road trip. They loved looking at them. Used them more at home than in the car.Published on January 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I ordered this book for the kids for a road trip that our family was taking out west. The kids enjoyed looking at the maps and playing the games inside the book. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Alison
Great Atlas for kids. Need to make a new edition. My daughter had a blast asking us questions from the book. I think she learned a lot but mom and dad learned just as much.Published on February 12, 2013 by Todd Larkin