Our 50 states : a family adventure across America / Lynne Cheney ; illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Each of the fifty states is represented by important people, ideas, and events in the history of the United States"--Provided by publisher.
    • Other Titles:
      Our fifty states.
    • ISBN:
      9780689867170 (hardcover)
      0689867174 (hardcover)
    • Accession Number:
      2006015281
    • Accession Number:
      fay.221709

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2006 November #2

In the third patriotic collaboration between Cheney and Preiss Glasser, the information density is impressively high. Then again, not every writer has a "cadre of staff assistants and interns" at her disposal, references to which suggest that Cheney may have managed this book more than authored it. However it came about, this almanac-like celebration of the 50 states is one libraries will want to have on hand. Sprightly line-and-watercolor artwork furthers the conceit that readers are charting a particular family's marathon state-by-state tour. The missives of siblings who jot (or text-message) trivia to pals at home combine with a slew of additional historical, cultural, and geographical tidbits, all of which will prove gold for state studies projects, despite pages that occasionally seem dizzyingly cluttered. A useful gatefold map shows the bigger picture to children, who will enjoy looking up their home state and planning visits to other destinations highlighted--which include, unsurprisingly, the Wyoming birthplace of "the husband of the author" and D.C.'s vice-presidential residence. ((Reviewed November 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring

A fictional family's road trip is the frame for this guide to state facts, people, and places. Beginning with a foldout map, the book uses single- or double-pages spreads to introduce each state and the District of Columbia. Lively ink, wash, and colored-pencil drawings clutter each page, making any sort of linear navigation impossible, but the captionlike text provides interesting tidbits. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2006 October #4

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, PAâ€"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.)

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