Basher History: States and Capitals: United We Stand

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Basher History: States and Capitals is the follow-up title to the bestselling Basher History: U.S. Presidents. This unique and comprehensive guide to 50 states (plus DC and the six territories) presents each state in the hip Basher fashion. 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 everywhere in between, each state boasts about why it is special, ...

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Overview

Basher History: States and Capitals is the follow-up title to the bestselling Basher History: U.S. Presidents. This unique and comprehensive guide to 50 states (plus DC and the six territories) presents each state in the hip Basher fashion. 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 everywhere in between, each state boasts about why it is special, dishes fun facts not found elsewhere, and waxes poetics about its motto, state bird, flag, state flower, and more! Find out how Connecticut got to be called the Provision State, why Georgia is nuts about nuts and why Illinois is called the Land of Lincoln.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753471395
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Series: Basher History Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 102,717
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Basher is the creator and illustrator of more than a dozen internationally bestselling books for children including the critically acclaimed Basher Science series.

Dan Green is the voice of Basher, the author of numerous Basher titles including Physics, Biology, Astronomy, Rocks and Minerals and Human Body

Dr Edward L. Widmer (historical consultant) is currently based at Brown University, Rhode Island, USA. He served as a speechwriter for President Clinton, has written a book on Martin van Buren and co-authored a book on presidential races.

Dolores York (editorial consultant) is an experienced author and editor, formerly editorial director of Reader's Digest USA.

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