Celebrate the natural wonders, notable people and memroable events that make each state in our country unique. Each full-color page features two states for each state there is a map showing major cities, as well as colorful, kid-friendly illustrations highlighting the year and order of statehood, the state bird and flower, major products, and other notable characteristics and events. A motivational question is included for each state to give students a jumping off point for further research.
- Emily Schuster
How many letters are there in the Hawaiian alphabet? Which holiday was founded in Nebraska? How many American presidents were born in Virginia? This book is crammed so full of pictures and information that kids can look at it again and again. It presents each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories, and the special places, events, animals, and products that make each one unique. The book also includes a trivia question about each state. Readers will be proud to see their own state highlighted, and will want to learn about other states, as well. While reading, you sometimes wish for a little more information on a particular place or event. Overall, though, the book does a good job of being concise, yet covering a lot of ground in an attractive and fun format.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 Where are the most potatoes grown? What industry is big in Oregon? Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? The answers to these questions and others can be found in this colorful and creative title. For each state from Alabama to Wyoming plus Washington, DC, and the U.S. Territories readers will find a half-page illustration consisting of a map, a picture of the state bird, flower, and products, playfully arranged along with a few facts, statistics, and bits of interesting trivia. Each picture incorporates at least one question that is answered in the back of the volume. Leedy has outdone herself with delightful illustrative details, particularly in the presentation of each state's name. California is written in fruits; New York is written in lights. This book is truly a celebration of the diversity and wealth of our nation. Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Leedy (Measuring Penny, 1998, etc.), so deft in making hard facts memorable and setting information into a context that makes sense to children, selects a hodge-podge of details and miscellany to convey a sense of what every state is about, as either a political entity or a place. Into lively, effulgent illustrations she plants a monotonous, forgettable list of items to distinguish every state: a map, the state flower and bird, a whiff of landscape, a glimpse of industry. There's little about such a list—e.g., wheat, pronghorn, western meadowlark, prairie rose, Sitting Bull—to shout, in that example, "North Dakota" to children. The alphabetical listing—Alaska through Wyoming, four states a spread, with room for the US territories and Washington, D.C.—will help researchers, although it necessarily separates states that have natural geographic or historic connections, such as Vermont and New Hampshire, or West Virginia and Virginia, divided during the Civil War. Readers gain a good, first-line resource, with all the enthusiasm Leedy has made her trademark, but without much chance that they'll adopt the excitement. (Picture book. 4-8)
Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.
Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.
Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.