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The Scrambled States of America

by Laurie Keller

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This is a fun book about the U.S. states! The illustrations are colorful and very clever. The back of the book has snapshots of each state, with square mileage and population. Cute! ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
This is one of my favorite books because it makes students think of the relationships between the states. This is a terrific introduction to learning about the 50 states. You can have students have name tags with a state on it and go around the classroom sharing information about a specific state with other students like the characters in this book. It tells a story about the states in an amusing narrative. ( )
  mssan5 | May 5, 2013 |
Geography has never come alive as brilliantly as it does here, in The Scrambled States of America, as a discontented Kansas precipitates a massive geographic upheaval with his desire to see something new. Tired of always being stuck in the middle of the nation, Kansas enlists his best friend Nebraska in his scheme to throw a party for the fifty states, a party that leads (yes!) to reorganization on a massive scale! As states move north or south, switching coasts and neighbors, their first reaction is enthusiastic: finally, something new! But then they all begin to long for the way things were...

An engaging exploration of the fifty states of the USA, this picture-book combines a madcap adventure-story - complete with many little amusing asides, as the states "speak" to one another, in the illustrations - with colorful, attention-grabbing acrylic and marker artwork. An appendix at the rear lists each of the states, with their nicknames, their capital cities, and their populations (now out of date, alas). One of those rare books that is as entertaining as it is educational, The Scrambled States of America proves the old adage that "There's no place like home!" ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 19, 2013 |
All the states were getting tired of being in the same place with the same states. So Kansas came up with the idea of having a party and inviting all the states. All the states were having a blast at the party. The Virginia and Idaho thought of a plan. Since everyone is tired of being in the same place they will all switch places. Everyone went home and packed and then they all switched. Everything was great but not for long. All the states realized they were not as happy as they thought they would be. They rather go back to their home and that's just what they did. They all shared their experiences and went to bed very happy that night. This a great book to show when learning the different states. Its a fun way to help students remember and learn the states and where they are located. ( )
  jaimie919 | Apr 19, 2013 |
Genre: Fantasy

Critiques: This is a fantasy book because states have human-like characteristics such as talking, movement, behaviors, and they have arms and legs. The author and illustrator create a believe place in which unbelievable things happen as the states of the United States attempt to trade places with one another.
This book is full of elements of style. For example, many hyperboles are used such as "yum," "wow," "hmmm," and "uhhhh." These help to develop the specific character traits of each state and bring to life the behavior and language of each state.

Media: acrylic paint, colored pencils, markers, and collage on illustration board ( )
  cdolan10 | Apr 16, 2013 |
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One day, Kansas wakes up grumpy. The other 49 states are stretching, yawning, and pouring maple syrup onto each other's pancakes, but irritable Kansas announces to his kindly neighbor Nebraska that life is dull and changes must be made: "All day long we just sit here in the middle of the country. We never GO anywhere. We never DO anything, and we NEVER meet any NEW states!" Nebraska, sick of hearing North Dakota and South Dakota bicker all the time, agrees to help organize a party for all the states. It's a hit! Late into the evening, Idaho and Virginia get up onto the stage and suggest that all the states change places. What a state of affairs. Minnesota, who switches places with Florida, gets a sunburn. Kansas, having traded places with Hawaii, gets lonely and sings some soggy blues so sad that a shark sheds a mournful tear offshore. Nevada and Mississippi fall in love. Despite the initial excitement, the new arrangement just doesn't feel right. The states manage to swim, fly, bike, and hitchhike their way home, and everyone goes to bed in the right place--even Kansas is happy to be home after such an adventure. This wacky, thoroughly engaging tale of mixed-up geography is a good bet for some awards. Perhaps best of all, the large format and riot of detail allow for plenty of amusing asides. Books that claim to "make geography fun" usually have to be taken with a dose of skepticism: so often, the teaching is there and the entertainment isn't. This delightfully quirky and original book shows how it should be done. (Ages 4 and older) --Richard Farr

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The states become bored with their positions on the map and decide to change places for a while. Includes facts about the states.

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