Basher History: States and Capitals: United We Stand

Basher History: States and Capitals: United We Stand

by Simon Basher, Dan Green, Edward Widmer
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Basher History: US States follows on from the bestselling Presidents with another all-American theme. Who better than Basher to give each state a face, voice, and personality and to give kids a fun, unusual but really information-packed gazetteer of their country. From Alabama to Wyoming, and including the District of Columbia and six US territories, each

See more details below

  • Checkmark Kids' Club Eligible  Shop Now

Overview

Basher History: US States follows on from the bestselling Presidents with another all-American theme. Who better than Basher to give each state a face, voice, and personality and to give kids a fun, unusual but really information-packed gazetteer of their country. From Alabama to Wyoming, and including the District of Columbia and six US territories, each place gets the Basher treatment and gets to boast about why it is special. The important details about capitals, flags, state birds, state flowers, are all there, and this book adds interesting  and memorable facts not found elsewhere. Find out how Connecticut got to be called  the Nutmeg State, why Louisiana, has a very different legal system, and what made landlocked Utah choose the seagull as its state bird.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-28
Sprouting bodies and grins, the states introduce themselves alphabetically in this Basher History gallery.Following the series’ cast-in-stone design, each entry poses in a cartoon portrait with small emblems representing prominent physical features, industry, number of native U.S. presidents and other select distinctions. On opposite pages, a hearty self-description dominates: “Aloha! Come and hang ten with me, dude. I’m a bunch of chilled-out islands in the Pacific, but I have a fiery heart.” This is sandwiched between bulleted lists of superficial facts, from state bird, flower and nickname to (for Arkansas) “Known for diverse landscape, extreme weather, and Walmart.” U.S. territories bring up the rear, followed by a table of official state mottos and, glued to the rear cover, a foldout map. Along with out-and-out errors (a mistranslation of “e pluribus unum”) and unqualified claims (Boston built the first subway), Green offers confusing or opaque views on the origins of “Hawkeye,” “Sooners,” some state names and which of two “Mississippi Deltas” was the birthplace of the blues. Furthermore, a reference to “sacred hunting grounds” in West Virginia and Kentucky’s claim that “It wasn’t until pioneer Daniel Boone breached the Cumberland Gap…that my verdant pastures were colonized” are, at best, ingenuous.Chatty, formulaic, superficial—and dispensable, as the content is neither reliable nor systematic. (index, glossary). (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753471395
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
07/15/2014
Series:
Basher History Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
162,806
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >