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Wish You Were Here Hardcover – May 12, 1997

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Not quite an atlas, almost a travel diary, Wish You Were Here uses Emily's trip with Grandma as a device to get to all 50 U.S. states and offers illustrated geographic, cultural, and tourist information on each, along with state capitals, state mottos, and impressively unintimidating maps. There are famous quotes and cool trivia facts. (Did you know that 17 of the highest mountains in the United States are in Alaska?) This one's a winner and should go along on any family journey. (For age 5 and up and the whole family)

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Grade 2-5. Emily and her energetic grandmother set off on a grand adventure in a little red car. Their plan is to visit every state and Washington, DC, in one summer, exploring the things that give each place its character and uniqueness. The resulting oversized book is a visually appealing travel guide with a fine balance of prose and illustration. Each state's two-page spread features a U.S. map highlighting its location; a sparsely detailed map of the state; a highlighted box with strange, unusual, important, or little-known facts; and illustrations (not photographs) of important landmarks and symbols. There is no danger of information overload for young readers because each detail and fact is selected with an eye for high-interest appeal. The breezy style and conversational tone will appeal to browsers and trip-takers; there is not enough information for report writers.?Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers (May 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038531146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385311465
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

KATHLEEN KRULL is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young readers, which includes the successful Lives of... series. Kathleen Krull lives in San Diego, CA. Visit her at www.kathleenkrull.com AND http://facebook.com/kathleen.krull

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about a trip a girl named Emily took with her grandmother one summer to all 50 states. As they travel, Emily records her thoughts on each state as well as bits of its history and interesting facts (do you know which state boasts the largest watermelon grown?). Each state is covered on 2 pages. As a homeschooling Mom, I am using this book to spark interest in my 7 year old daughter as we study American geography and history. We are learning lots of interesting facts about what there is to see and do all over our country. I initially bought the book to help prepare my daughter for a trip we were taking through 3 states but found the book so enjoyable and helpful that we kept it and are using it in school to supplement our other material. Now if we could just figure out a way to take our own trip to all 50 states...
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By Sarah Turner on May 2, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughters name is Emily. I saw this book and knew I had to get it for her. We loved reading about the states we visited on a recent road trip. It's great for young kids.
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