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)
From School Library Journal
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
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