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Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America

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"As I've traveled our great country, I have been struck again and again by its beauty and variety and reminded of how rich our history is. Travel a few miles in any direction, and you'll encounter an amazing story that helps explain all the multitude of ways our country came to be." — Lynne Cheney

Lynne Cheney and Robin Preiss Glasser, creators of the bestselling America: A Patriotic Primer and A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women, take you on an unforgettable tour of America — from the ...

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Overview

"As I've traveled our great country, I have been struck again and again by its beauty and variety and reminded of how rich our history is. Travel a few miles in any direction, and you'll encounter an amazing story that helps explain all the multitude of ways our country came to be." — Lynne Cheney

Lynne Cheney and Robin Preiss Glasser, creators of the bestselling America: A Patriotic Primer and A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women, take you on an unforgettable tour of America — from the Everglades of Florida to the grasslands of Kentucky to the Sierra Mountains of California.

Listening to her grandchildren's enthusiastic account of all they saw and did on a family road trip inspired Lynne Cheney to collaborate with Robin Preiss Glasser and create Our 50 States — the greatest family vacation imaginable. Pack your bags and celebrate our diverse heritage state by state and sea to shining sea in this treasure trove of America's people, places, and history.

A scholar of American history, Mrs. Cheney has drawn on a lifetime of study and travel for Our 50 States. Robin Preiss Glasser has brought her inimitable wit and exuberance to every illustration. Together they have created a joyful book that reminds us how fortunate we are to call America our home.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Our 50 States is Lynne Cheney's best book to date!" —Sean Hannity
Publishers Weekly
The creators of America: A Patriotic Primer and A Is for Abigail have compiled their most encompassing paean to the U.S. yet, here bypassing an alphabetical roundup in favor of a cross-country road trip. An opening gatefold previews for readers the route that five affable family members will take as they set off from their Massachusetts home. They traverse the other 47 contiguous states (and Washington, D.C.) before making final stops in Alaska and Hawaii. The creatively cluttered pages collect words and images that present a pleasing potpourri of past and present: Glasser depicts the touring family viewing landmarks and natural wonders alongside portraits of influential individuals who hail or hailed from each state. The children's snippets of communications to those back home convey welcome personal observations: the boy text-messages a friend; and the girl pens notes to her grandmother (e.g., "Dear Grandma, I want to live in Hershey, PA-the air smells like chocolate, and even the streelights are shaped like Hershey's kisses!"). Glasser utilizes every spare inch of space, including decorative borders that accommodate memorable quotations, song lyrics and historical data. Young armchair explorers will savor this spirited, whistle-stop celebration of America. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The premise is that a family of five and their dog head out for a year to visit all fifty states—they set out in a car, but it is not clear how they get to Alaska or Hawaii, since you cannot drive to Hawaii, and it is quite a trek to drive to Alaska. Each page is quite busy, and some get a single page and others a spread. Sometimes designs run around creating a border, and often the text runs around the page. There is an outline of the state with major cities and points of interest and the state capitol marked with a star. The date it became a state, its motto, state bird, and flower are mentioned, along with a dozen facts about famous people, events, or places. There is a lot of information to absorb. Kids will need to read and reread the book if they want to take it all in. For those planning a vacation to one or more of these states, take the book along and use it as a guide to get started looking at and learning some interesting facts.
School Library Journal

Gr 2–5
The beauty and diversity of America are celebrated as three children, their parents, and their dog travel across the country in high spirits. Starting in Massachusetts, the family finds interesting details: Dr. Seuss National Memorial, the first post office, and famous people like Deborah Sampson and Herman Melville. The pages are alive with many small pictures, text, and maps. Some captions are hand lettered, and watercolor-and-ink drawings are numerous and appealing. Design elements for each state pull the book together: a "photograph" of the family enjoying a site, the background map, borders reflecting a dominant feature of the state. Readers will search for the children to read their messages: Annie writes letters to Grandma; Ben stays in touch with Grandpa, and with his friend Alex by text messaging: "alex. I'm watching a guy make shoes in the 19th century. kidding! it's at old sturbridge village. ben." Some states enjoy a spread, but most fit comfortably on one page. A foldout map shows the route the family followed, and Cheney introduces the book enthusiastically: "Perhaps none of us will ever be lucky enough to take such a grand road trip…but surely we are fortunate to live in a country where all these things-and so many more-form the fabric of our national life." There are just enough visual details and fascinating facts to keep children absorbed for hours.
—Lee BockCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689867170
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/24/2006
  • Pages: 74
  • Sales rank: 111,497
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Cheney

Lynne Cheney's most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, We the People: The Story of Our Constitution, illustrated by Greg Harlin. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women, When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots, A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in America, and Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America, and has written a memoir, Blue Skies, No Fences. Mrs. Cheney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

Robin Preiss Glasser is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, written by Jane O’Connor; America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail, and Our Fifty States by Lynne Cheney, and Tea for Ruby by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. She lives in Southern California with her family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    I think this product is amazing you must read it with your child

    I think this product is amazing you must read it with your child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Our 50 States

    I'm a 5th grade classroom volunteer and I purchased the book as a resource for the students to use in the preparation for their state reports. Children were teamed up in pairs and assigned a state. Resources at the school are very limited and dated so I felt that this book would be more interesting for the children to read while doing their assigned reseach for their particular state. I found the information not only interesting but in a eye catching format not to mention the illustrations were very kid friendly. I would highly recommend this book for any 5th grade classroom library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2007

    How it is

    Kids, read and remember this book and forget all of those bad things about the U.S. you keep seeing on the news. This book is about our nation, our good nation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Great Book

    I bought this book for my 6 year old daughter, and she loves it. She cannot put it down at night. There are so many interesting facts about the 50 states.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2007

    Appreciating our history

    This is a great introduction to the delightful diversity among our states and their interdependence. It is an opportunity to visit each state in one's mind and appreciate each in relation to the whole. Adults could learn something from this book as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    An Exceptional Book!!!

    I bought this for my oldest grandson but couldn't resist looking through it. It is just loaded with bits of trivia and historical data in a fun-to-read format. For example, the page for Alabama mentions Paul Bear Bryant, the popular former University of Alabama football coach and it brings up the big football rivalry between Auburn and University of Alabama. Each state's page has dozens of pieces of history/info that you probably wouldn't find anywhere else. This is a book that would appeal to both young and old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    short history and trivia about our states

    lynne cheneys newest best seller is a wonderful book that has some wonderful hidden history and special trivia that is very short covers all of our united states and I want to give this as a chrstmas gift cause everyone will find something intresting and historical from there own state in this book and it is amazing to me how mrs cheney collected all of these hidden facts about everyones states what a great great gift and I learned so much about my own state of florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    Now THAT'S a Road Trip!

    I picked up this book for a 5th grade teacher friend (because she teaches about the 50 states in her curriculum) but I may keep it! WOW! This is the best book of its kind I've seen because it jams in so much information while making it fun to learn about our country with illustrations that are playful, offering lots of little surprises. This book brings to mind the idea that 'it's not about the destination, but rather about the journey.'

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    Posted December 5, 2008

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