State Shapes: Minnesota

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A volume in the "State Shapes" series, this book stands out more for its interesting shape than the information contained within. Indeed, the book is shaped much like the state of Minnesota, with a reinforced cover. The format of the book gives us a tour guide, a young boy named Scott who is showing his visiting friend Elsa around his home state. Much of the text is delivered in a question-and answer format, as Scott takes Elsa around the state. The format is interesting and highly readable, but lacking in organization. Information is presented on Minnesota history, natural resources and the many lakes that give the state its nickname. Some interesting information is presented on famous people from Minnesota, including Governor Jesse Ventura (who's depicted in his cartoon saying, "I ain't just no wrestler"). However, the author identifies Laura Ingalls Wilder's first book as Little House in the Big Tree and states that the story is set in Minnesota. Little House fans will know instantly that not only is the book titled Little House in the Big Woods, it is set in Wisconsin. Wilder does not write about Minnesota until her fourth book, On The Banks of Plum Creek. This glaring and easily checked mistake makes a reader question the validity of the book's information. All of the illustrations are cartoon-like, with no photographs or detailed map of the state. There is no table of contents, glossary or index. Your library only needs these books if you have extra money to spend and you want a book that looks cool. 2002, Black Dog & Leventhal, Ages 8 to 12.
—Sharon Oliver
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579121686
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Series: State Shapes Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 787,478
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.31 (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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