State Shapes: New York

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This fresh new series of illustrated, fact- and fun-filled books entertains while educating kids-and parents, too.

These colorful, fact-filled books are irresistible! Die-cut in the shape of the state, each one takes readers on a fascinating journey to visit all the intriguing places, meet famous and historic figures, learn about animals and wildlife and experience the culture that makes each state unique. Packed with fun facts, exciting history and fascinating folklore, State ...

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Overview


This fresh new series of illustrated, fact- and fun-filled books entertains while educating kids-and parents, too.

These colorful, fact-filled books are irresistible! Die-cut in the shape of the state, each one takes readers on a fascinating journey to visit all the intriguing places, meet famous and historic figures, learn about animals and wildlife and experience the culture that makes each state unique. Packed with fun facts, exciting history and fascinating folklore, State Shapes are illustrated with a warmth, humor and flare that will appeal to kids and parents alike. Learning is fun with State Shapes.

Presents the history, important people, and famous places of the Empire State, as well as miscellaneous facts about New York today.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Formatted in the die-cut shape of New York State, this book provides many facts using a colloquial tone. Our "tour guide" is a cartoon like young girl named Julie Gluck; the tourists are Kevin and his dog, Buster. Julie provides the facts as Kevin reacts and asks questions. However, this gimmicky look does not compensate for some major flaws in the book. The somewhat humorous style ("Stick with me, kid, and you'll see it all.") may be a bit too slick for some readers . Some of the attempts at humor may actually be insulting. For example, a group of Italian immigrants in a boat asking a whale "where-a New York-a." Additional fast facts are also included on each double-paged spread in a question and answer format However, there is a definite overemphasis on New York City, with less than half the book dedicated to the rest of the state. There is also a frontispiece map with Long Island labeled as Levittown. While the concept is original, this book misses the boat. 2002, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Ages 7 to 10.
—Micki S. Nevett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579121693
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Series: State Shapes Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 208,233
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.06 (w) x 10.13 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author


Erik Bruun has been a reporter, editor, and freelance writer for more than twenty years. His books include Our Nation's Archive and American Values and Virtues. In his home community, he has taken a leadership role in several organizations that advocate for social change. He has three children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Great State Book

    This book is very useful for teaching children about New York State. It provides a lot of great information.

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