Celebrating Arizona: 50 States to Celebrateby Marion Dane Bauer, C.B. Canga (Illustrator)
Say hello to Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! He's on a mission to visit all fifty states. Today he is visiting Arizona, the Grand Canyon State. His first stop is the Grand Canyon for a mule ride to the bottom, where he'll board a raft and row the mighty rapids
Say hello to Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! He's on a mission to visit all fifty states. Today he is visiting Arizona, the Grand Canyon State. His first stop is the Grand Canyon for a mule ride to the bottom, where he'll board a raft and row the mighty rapids of the Colorado River. Then he will visit the Navajo Nation, a town from the Wild West, and the Painted Desert. Join Mr. Geo on his travels around Arizona. Together, you will discover what makes this a state to celebrate.
This entertaining and educational mix of travel, geography, history, and pop culture includes maps and learning activities. Great for beginning readers!
Meet the Author
Marion Dane Bauer has written more than one hundred children's books, including picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, and novels. She won a Newbery Honor for On My Honor, a middle grade coming-of-age story. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. www.mariondanebauer.com.
C.B. Canga has illustrated numerous early chapter books, including Field Trip Mysteries by Steve Brezenoff. He lives in Pleasant Hill, California.
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In this series, geography teacher Mr. Geo visits a different state in each book. He is seen as a happy modern-day explorer of major cities, national parks, and attractions that have become famous. Mr. Geo's shirt has the two-letter state abbreviation on it. A U.S. and a state map are included in each title, as well as a chronology of important dates, activities to reinforce learning from the book, and a glossary with the page numbers on which each listed word is found. "Did you know?" facts are seen in a text box at the bottom of some pages. The young people included in Mr. Geo's activities could be upper-elementary age or a bit older; they do not look so young that struggling readers of middle school or high school age might be offended reading the books. The basic information young students need for a "state" report is available on the "Fast Facts" page while the information in the rest of the book is more supplemental. That being said, this series is a nice alternative to the state books that are straight facts and photos. Young people will enjoy the whimsical illustrations and the brevity of the text. This title includes information on the Grand Canyon, the Anasazi, and the state's sports teams.