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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Reference (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439827655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439827652
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3-5-This browser's scrapbook presents impressionistic portraits of the states arranged in alphabetical order with Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and a spread of state flags appended. A large, lightly labeled map provides the visual center for each page, around which are arrayed handsomely painted vignettes illustrating fact snippets that range from state birds, trees, and population (as of 1998) to prominent landforms, citizens, and endangered species. The states are all colored green, which gives the book visual unity at the expense of strict accuracy, and many of the facts have been pared down to dry generalities: "Pirates terrorized the Carolina coast in 1717-1718," "Homemade quilts, clothes, and furniture are traditional [in West Virginia]," etc. The method behind the authors' selection of information is sometimes unclear (only 17 Presidents are mentioned); the index, which includes a listing for "Paul Bunyon" [sic] and page references for 53 state birds, is of doubtful quality; and there are no lists of sources or resources for readers who want to find out more. Still, children compiling their own scrapbooks might start here.
John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is colorful and informative.
Jennifer Bangs
He loves the book and is enjoying reading all the facts about each state.
N. Beaumont
We homeschool and this book was a great addition to our collection.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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This is an excellent book for young children to learn about the states. A topographical map of each state is given along with diagrams and text explaining various facts about the state. Items like the state bird, state flower, state insect, state tree, endangered species in the state, primary crops, unusual natural features, famous people and other points of historical significance. I strongly recommend it for social studies classes or just for quizzes among family members.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Beach VINE VOICE on November 21, 2008
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My wife is currently a third grade teacher and I used to be one. Recently, she was tasked with a new set of social studies learning targets that include "regions of the United States" (something more frequently taught to slightly older students). We were having difficulty finding age/ability-appropriate resources for her class until she came across a copy of Miller and Nelson's "State by State". She asked me what I thought of it and "paydirt" was the word that came to mind. So we ordered additional copies from Amazon and they fit the bill nicely.

Bottom line: for students in the late second to early fourth grades, "State by State" is an interesting, meaningful, and fun-to-use learning resource. It is also an amazingly good value, which helps when a teacher needs to purchase several copies on her/his own coin. Five stars!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Beaumont on December 12, 2007
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We bought this for our son, who is in 1st grade, when he had to report on a state for school. He loves the book and is enjoying reading all the facts about each state. The pictures keep him interested and the facts are both standard and eclectic so everyone in our family learned something new from this book. It is also simple enough for him to read on his own. I would highly recommend this book for any elementary school student wishing to learn more about the states.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah on December 19, 2009
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Bought for my 7 and 4 year old in hopes of teaching them about places we will be traveling. It is okay for my 7 year old but even with that might be slightly too complex. The pages are very busy. It is a good book with lots of details but the pages have more information than I anticipated so that it will be hard to have her focus on the simple details. Still a good educational book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Mack on April 22, 2012
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I teach Kindergarten, and wanted a fun way to learn something different AND tie it in with Dr. Seuss. I created a bulletin board/door decoration with the title, "Oh, The Places You'll Go When You Read Across America!". How we did this was to "discover" 2 states in our country every day. This book was awesome! It gave interesting facts about each state. It provided a detailed map of each state, showing land forms and bodies of water. The states were presented in alphabetical order, which was an added bonus. This was one of my best purchases to date!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bokworm on December 6, 2011
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I was looking for an overview of US States with some basic information. I got some really really limited information from this book. Not what I was really looking for--wanted a little more information... This would be a good book for a young person....lots of illustrations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By YCB on September 11, 2009
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Love this book. Great book for adults and children alike. This one is my second copy to give to my father who lives in Germany. He wanted it as an encyclopedia of the US.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on February 26, 2013
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We're starting our unit on the 50 states, and I like the layout of this book. It's done alphabetically, with some quick facts about each state. The border around the US map in the front lists the states and their abbreviations, each state page has the common "have to know" facts such as capital and bird/flower/what have you, but they also include some really fun facts. They tell of extinct species, what's unique to each state, ancient dwellers, and other "hmmm...I didn't know that" stuff. I really like having this book for my kids to peruse and use in their studies.
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