While adults may think geography is a dull subject—probably from all those times they've wrestled with maps while driving down the interstate—kids love this stuff. After all, geography is more than blue lines on the pages of an atlas. It's about the land, the people who live there, the things they do, what they eat, what they wear, how they talk and much more. And who better to elucidate geography than National Geographic? Our Fifty States by Mark H. Bockenhauer and Stephen F. Cunha is an absorbing look at the U.S.A., and as you might expect, it's fabulously illustrated, with photographs, maps and charts that young readers will love. Dividing the country by region, Bockenhauer and Cunha cover each state with a short essay highlighting its accomplishments, history and challenges. There's also a "state-at-a-glance" box, listing quick facts, and a map with points of interest. For the youngster with an interest in the world around him, Our Fifty States is a great introduction to this great country. Copyright 2004 BookPage Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring
The fifty states are grouped according to region and then profiled. The texts succinctly summarize each state's history, geography, and economic issues. Each profile includes an inviting color photo (such as of a Maine lighthouse or a Kentucky thoroughbred), a fairly detailed map, and a fact box listing the state's capital city, ethnic composition, official bird, and other salient information. Websites. Bib., ind. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 November #1
Our Fifty States by Mark H. Bockenhauer and Stephen F. Cunha takes readers on a tour of America, state by state. Beginning with an introduction by Jimmy Carter, the book (organized by region) covers each state's history, economic strengths and other noteworthy facts. Maps with clearly labeled cities and rivers accompany brief timelines illustrated with photos and drawings, plus sidebars with state stats (capital, area, population, industries, state bird and flower, "Did you know?" trivia sections and more). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2005 January
Gr 4 Up-Following a foreword by former President Jimmy Carter, a map of the United States featuring major population centers, and one spread on Washington, DC, this visually appealing book is organized by regions: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West, with a map of each region and a short history. Four pages are devoted to each state and include basic facts and a map. The full-color photographs are outstanding. Reproductions of archival illustrations depict four important events from each state's history. The final sections offer a paragraph about each of the territories and a page of facts and figures about the United States. An extensive index completes this easy-to-use resource. National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our Fifty States (1994) contains more extensive information but is dated.-Ann Joslin, formerly at Erie County Public Library, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.