Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America
  • Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America
  • Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America
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Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America

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by Lynne Cheney, Robin Preiss Glasser
     
 

"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

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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 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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"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:
230,775
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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