"As supplements to state-specific material, these books might pique interest in a state or point children to topics for further reading."
—School Library Journal
Meet Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! He loves to explore new places. Today, he’s visiting Florida, the Sunshine State. His first stop is the Everglades to see alligators and other amazing animals. He’ll also go to Fort Myers beach and enter a sand sculpting contest. He’ll visit the historic city of St. Augustine, go orange picking, dance at the Florida Folk Festival and he’ll even get to swim with dolphins and manatees!. Then he will visit fun-filled theme parks, sporting events, and other exciting places. Join Mr. Geo on his travels around Florida. 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!
Marion Dane Bauer has written more than 100 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. Mr. Geo 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 airboating in the Everglades, visiting St. Augustine, and scuba diving in the Keys.