State Shapes: Illinois

State Shapes: Illinois

by Erik Bruun, Rick Peterson
     
 

A state-by-state celebration of America, the State Smarts series is an exciting collection of distinctive kids books, each one custom die cut to the shape of the featured state. These books are packed with fun information including a short history, famous figures, geography, industry and environment. These books are sure to be a hit with 8-12 year olds (and

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A state-by-state celebration of America, the State Smarts series is an exciting collection of distinctive kids books, each one custom die cut to the shape of the featured state. These books are packed with fun information including a short history, famous figures, geography, industry and environment. These books are sure to be a hit with 8-12 year olds (and grown-ups, too!).

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Who doesn't love a book of facts? The format of this one, all about the state of Illinois, might be better suited for browsing at leisure rather than digesting all at once. But that makes for a great pick-it-up-any-time-and-start-reading-anywhere sort of book. Although not as weighty as a coffee table book, it's a children's version of the same. That is not to say adults won't find it as interesting as the audience will. Even as a resident of Illinois for more than 40 years, I learned dozens of new things about the state. Did you know that Illinois produces an annual 200 billion ears of corn, that the world's tallest man hailed from Alton, or that the Chicago Public Library's two million books make it the world's largest? I didn't! But, ooops, a resident of Illinois will also notice when the city of Peoria is spelled "Preoria," as it is in this book. The tour of "The Tall State" is conducted by a knowledgeable girl named Lorraine, who takes J.P. and his dog on a random trip that begins at Cahokia Mounds and ends in Chicago. In a conversational question-and-answer style, hundreds of tidbits about Illinois history, people, products, and places are revealed. The copy and cartoon-like illustrations are fun, but also, as appropriate, treat issues such as those pertaining to Native Americans or race relations with sensitivity. 2001, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Ages 5 to 9.
—Anne May

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579121013
Publisher:
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2000
Series:
State Shapes Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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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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