Published by Wide Eyed Editions
Summary: Each two-page spread in this oversized book is teeming with information about one of the fifty states. A large map is covered with small illustrations showing interesting, occasionally offbeat, places to visit. Sidebars give introductory information, key facts such as state symbols and where the state name comes from, and moments to remember in the state’s history. Famous people from the state are given head shots around the map, with women and minorities well-represented. Back matter includes state flags; pictures of all the U.S. Presidents with the years of their terms, birthplaces, and wives’ names; and an enormous index. 112 pages; ages 8 and up.
Pros: Great fun for browsing, this book offers much standard state information, as well as unique trivia. Readers will be ready to set off on a cross-country trip.
Cons: It’s a difficult book to put down…or to wrest from your teenager when you’re ready to write a review of it.