Fast Facts about the 50 States

Fast Facts about the 50 States

by Scholastic Library Publishing
     
 

Here are some weird and wacky, strange and unusual facts about the 50 states, Washington, D. C. and Puerto Rico. All facts were submitted by folks from the states and the 10 best won inclusion in our book. Facts include geography, weather, people, places, history, culture, natural disasters and much more.  See more details below

Overview

Here are some weird and wacky, strange and unusual facts about the 50 states, Washington, D. C. and Puerto Rico. All facts were submitted by folks from the states and the 10 best won inclusion in our book. Facts include geography, weather, people, places, history, culture, natural disasters and much more.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
This illustrated collection, a fun read-aloud for car trips, briefly describes ten items in fifty-two geographical sections based on librarians' suggestions for places, historic events, and trivia they consider significant to their locales. Capitals, largest cities, total areas, highest and lowest points, and state nicknames are listed. Some descriptions contain errors. A New Mexico item incorrectly states atomic research began in Los Alamos in 1947. That scientific work actually started during World War II. Others omit important details. The Georgia item about Coca-Cola founder John Stith Pemberton does not acknowledge he first developed that concoction in Columbus, Georgia. The Alabama section credits Wernher von Braun with solely creating moon rockets instead of recognizing hundreds of scientists contributed as a team to that achievement. A Utah item praises green Jell-O without explaining state legislators declared it that state's official snack food. Maps do not show locations of all items discussed, excluding sites such as Galesburg, Illinois, birthplace of Ferris wheel inventor George Ferris. Many map illustrations, including Alabama's boll weevil monument and Iowa's Snake Alley, are not featured in items described in the text. More entertaining than educational, this "America the Beautiful, Third Series" book does not provide citations nor recommend resources, such as state tourism bureaus. Supplement with www.RoadsideAmerica.com, which champions similar wacky information. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531247006
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
America the Beautiful, Third Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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