Monday, November 17, 2008

Got Geography?

The Scrambled States of America
The Scrambled States of America Talent Show
Written and illustrated by Laurie Keller
Most enjoyed by geography fans in 4th through 8th grade

If you've got a 4th grader in the house, by now you're well under way with memorizing the U.S. state names, capitals, locations, and spellings. Want to test it out? Check out Laurie Keller's two books about the states, 'The Scrambled States of America' and 'The Scrambled States of America Talent Show'. Both books will be a good test of your geography skills, if you can stop laughing long enough!

In 'The Scrambled States of America', the states are tired of their current positions on the map. Kansas starts it all, and one by one the states agree that it is time for a change. They meet and decide who will go where. All is fun as the states get to know their new neighbors but after a few days, the excitement of the change begins to wear off. Arizona, who had switched places with South Carolina, doesn't like the effect the ocean waves have on her hairdo. Kansas, who was used to being surrounded by company, is feeling all alone and blue after trading places with Hawaii. Is it possible that their original places are the best places to be after all?

After getting to know each other in 'The Scrambled States of America', the states realize they are so much more than just places on a map. They have depth, they have breadth, they have talent galore! And such amazing talent it is. 'The Scrambled States of America Talent Show' highlights the incredible skills these states have, like Michigan's ventriloquist act or Delaware's awe-inspiring attempt to name all 50 states while jumping on a pogo stick. Honestly, you'll be amazed at the talent we have in the states!
Both of these books are funny, goofy and full of little gags galore. Make sure to read everything on every page because they're loaded with silliness. Great tools for practicing your U.S. geography!

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