Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Scrambled States of America


Author & Illustrator:   Laurie Keller
Publisher:  Henry Holt
Publication Year:   1998
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, IRA-CBC Children's Choice, Bank Street College Best Book, Publisher's Weekly Best Book

Summary:  When Kansas is in a bad mood because he's bored in the middle of the country, they decide to have a party with all the states. The states decide that they should switch places to see the rest of the country but soon discover that they aren't happy in their new spots (Arizona switches places with South Carolina but doesn't like ocean ruining her hairdo). So they all decide to return home (theme: There's no place like home.)  The collage illustrations are such fun and kids will be loving all the little comments along the way!

Classroom Ideas: Classroom study of the USA- in the back there is a gallery of each state with its nickname, capital, area, and population.

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