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Go, Go America: 50 States of Fun Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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I thought that there was a lot of information in this book. I enjoyed the colorful pictures, the different font sizes and bright colors, as it made the pages come alive. Not all the facts are funny “cool” but they all are interesting and not something everyone would know. Many of them deal with laws that are on the books in the different states and you have to wonder how old these laws actually are. I think reading this book will get kids thinking and talking and can’t wait to share it. I am going to pick up my own copy of this book and carry it in my bag as I am a substitute teacher and I think it would be great to share with children in the classroom.
Each state is represented with 6-9 facts per state, including the capital.
Some of the facts are fun, some mundane, and some inane. For example, Louisiana (my home state) contains these facts:
1. "In New Orleans, a fire engine must STOP for a red light, even if it is on the way to a fire." Why would the publisher include such a fact!? This is an example of inane and I took off a point for this. Or, "the honeybee is Louisiana's official state insect." I just wish we had more honeybees. I have seen very few this sumer.
2. "Guiden is known as the Duck Capital of America.!"
The state of Maine has these things:
1. 90% of the Blueberries in the United States come from Maine, so save some room for dessert!
2. More toothpicks are produced in Maine than is any other state--100 million a day are made.
3. Augusta is the captal of Maine.
Let's try Pennyslvania:
1. "Did you know that Philadelpia is home to the Liberty Bell?
2. "The nation's largest insectarium is in Philadelphia. Watch Tarantulas,
Cockroaches, and Assorted Bugs."
Florida rates two pages:
1. The Overseas Highway, which runs from Miami to Key West, is known as one of the longest over-water roads in the world."
2. Did you know that Forida is known as the Alligator State and has the world's largest Alligator population?
And so it goes!. In the back of the book is a another great feature for travel: For each state is a long list of answers to these topics:
Statehood, Order of Statehood, square miles, bird, flower, tree, motto, and nickname.
I have just one more question: When do we Go, Go America?