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The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps! Hardcover – October 1, 2015
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The 50 States Books and Activities
Celebrate, Explore, Enjoy
Pack your bags and take the journey of a lifetime as you explore the U.S.A. with these fun 50 fact-filled books and activities! Learn about state capitals, famous residents, and key historical moments and be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty and diversity of the United States in this curious collection of maps. Explore thousands of wondrous locations and be awed by the achievements of hundreds of people who helped make America what it is today.
These fun and interactive ways of teaching children about the 50 United States will inspire and entertain with its beautifully-designed presentation of the many different faces of the American states.
- Bright, colorful illustrations capture the inventiveness, beauty, and diversity of each state.
- Highlights key people, landmarks, and events from each of the 50 American states.
- Includes quirky, interesting details and literary references, a guide to the state flags and presidents of the USA.
The 50 States: California
Welcome to the old line state - maryland
Inspiring person: Frederick Douglass 1818–1895
From School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—A colorful introduction to the 50 states. Each spread details a different state and includes an oversize map and some information. Similar in format to Lynne Cheney's Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America (S. & S., 2006), Balkan's book is more neatly rendered (states are in alphabetical order). Facts are laid out on the map and in a separate column. This volume offers the usual content, such as statehood date and order, state flower, and state bird, as well as fun trivia (Pennsylvania is the home of the first banana split). In addition, Balkan provides interesting historical and geographical tidbits not usually found elsewhere and spotlights famous people from each state. Especially nice is the way the author features prominent women and minorities. For instance, the spread on Georgia highlights Yamacraw Indian chief Tomochichi, author Flannery O'Connor, and singer Little Richard. The illustrations are colorful and childlike. Though bright and appealing, the portraits lack detail. Other works, such as Mark H. Brockenhauer's Our Fifty States (National Geographic, 2004), examine the subject in more depth. Still, this is an above-average title on a popular topic, and state trivia enthusiasts will find it entertaining and useful. VERDICT The up-to-date material and the demand for offerings on the subject make this work a recommended purchase for public and school libraries.—Margaret Nunes, Gwinnett County Public Library, GA
"A great read to share with your young one. Bright and colorful, you'll enjoy it as much as they will!"- Design Sponge
"When I first laid eyes on The 50 States, written and researched by Gabrielle Balkan and illustrated by Sol Linero, I absolutely had to have it because I think it's easily the most delightful book on the topic that I've ever seen."- Inhabitots
"There are Tlingit nation canoes in Alaska, Walden Pond in Massachusetts, Harpers Ferry in West Virginia (but also the first pepperoni roll and first red-brick street; not all icons are serious business)."- Kirkus Reviews
"A colorful introduction to the 50 states....an above-average title on a popular topic, and state trivia enthusiasts will find it entertaining and useful." -"- School Library Journal
"A big, beautiful educational journey across the U.S."- Pretty Prudent
"The engaging, colorful pages, high interest facts, and intriguing material make this a volume that has appeal for a wide audience."- School Library Connection, Highly Recommended
"Surprises abound in The 50 States, a splendid reference, coffee-table book and conversation starter for anyone, anywhere."- Shelf Awareness
"Readers will enjoy browsing this oversized and colorful atlas of the United States....will offer hours of browsing pleasure."- Literacy Daily (International Literacy Association)
"Open the large formatted book and explore the United States. Each state (and the District of Columbia) is presented handsome, colorful, and highly informative maps to create a memorable journey."- Reading Rockets
"For Those Who Pride Themselves on Knowing Their State's Flower/Bird/Motto. A large-format atlas of the U.S., The 50 States is chock-full of interesting facts, trivia and history."- Family Circle
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My 9 year old loves this state book.
Very colorful and lots of cool information about each state.