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The 50 States Helps You Explore the U.S.A. with 50 Fact-Filled Maps
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, 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.
Be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty and diversity of the United States in this curious collection of fact-filled maps. Explore thousands of wondrous locations and be awed by the achievements of hundreds of people who helped make America what it is today. This book is large at approximately 11 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches. Filled to the brim with lots of information.
I love how they did their contents instead of a table of contents.
This is an excellent children’s book on the 50 states. Each state contains two fact-filled pages of information. The accompanying illustrations are just beautiful. There is also an entry for Washington, DC. At the back of the book there are pages with the 50 state flags and the 44 US Presidents as well. This book contains key facts, state nicknames, and moments to remember, as well as facts about different famous places around each state.
This The 50 States is a book that all parents should have in their home. Going on vacation, take this book for the children to learn something about each state you pass through. The wording is easy to understand, it’s great for parents to go over with younger kids or for older kids up to tweens to enjoy.
Each State is represented by a large image. Within each state image, icons tell the story of that state’s people, places and history (recent and old). Some significant dates are included and callouts spotlight events/people/dates that deserve more description. A separate callout square, consistent on every page, discusses the moments and dates that mark the state’s history – from ancient times 12,000 years ago to modern. As well, there is a small welcome box on each page that gives an introduction to the State.
Each map contains information about neighbor states, bodies of water, state parks, battlefields, national forests, reservations, state flags, capitals/important cities, and more. At the end of the book there is a gallery of the US Presidents to date.
This is on the inside of the back cover for children to see their state’s flag along with all the others.
The book is consistent with each page carefully laid out like the previous to make the reading experience easier and to make researching/looking up facts easy and simple. Colored fonts are used sparingly and each page keeps its design elements intact – allowing for some white space and breathing room. As a graphic educational device, it succeeds brilliantly.
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