Celebrating New York: 50 States to Celebrateby Marion Dane Bauer
Meet Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! He loves to explore new places. Today, he’s visiting New York, the Empire State. His first stop is Times Square on New Year's Eve. He plans to climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty and watch a Broadway show, too. Then, he's heading north to visit many historic landmarks and scenic
Meet Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! He loves to explore new places. Today, he’s visiting New York, the Empire State. His first stop is Times Square on New Year's Eve. He plans to climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty and watch a Broadway show, too. Then, he's heading north to visit many historic landmarks and scenic wonders, including Niagara Falls. Join Mr. Geo on his travels all around New York. 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!
Gr 1–3—Mr. Geo, guide and teacher figure, takes children on a tour of these two states. Each page introduces a place, historical event, or topic, offering report-ready facts in a narrative format. Florida struggles to work material into the colorful and active pages, focusing mainly on Disney and the beach, which may be what beginning readers already know about the state. New York does a better job of integrating factual content into the text, much of it historical and about New York City, but even independent readers may struggle with some vocabulary. The illustrations and text layouts make these books appear easier than they really are. The vocabulary is fairly specific and advanced. The glossaries clarify some of the unusual words, but new readers may still be frustrated without further explanations of words and topics. As supplements to state-specific material, these books might pique interest in a state or point children to topics for further reading.—Leila Sterman, Chappaqua Library, NY
"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 the Author
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. 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 New York City, Niagara Falls, and an Iroquois game of lacrosse.