Overflowing with beautiful illustrations, specially designed maps, and concise essays written and reviewed by members of the Society's Geographic Alliance Program, this authoritative guide stands alone in the children's reference category. From Maine to Hawaii, kids will discover fascinating details behind each state's unique history. Our Fifty States is a superior volume so chock-full of engaging information and stunning visuals, youngsters will never run out of things to learn. Foreword by Former President Jimmy Carter.
The easy-to-read physical map that introduces each region of the U.S. is followed by a lively essay with absorbing descriptions of the area's history, climate, natural resources, and physical features. Then, within each regional chapter, children can explore the individual states through illustrated historical time lines, full-color political maps, photo essays, and state-at-a-glance boxes. Additional features include special essays on the District of Columbia and the territories, comparative charts, a list of additional resources, and a detailed index.
Ages 10 and up
240 pages; more than 300 photographs and archival images; more than 60 maps
Comments about National Geographic Our Fifty States:
This book is very high quality printing with beautiful photographs, as I expected. I like the intro from Jimmy Carter but wish the book was updated. It was published in 1994. It would be wonderful to have Carter's comments along with an introduction by President Obama. One other disappointment for me was the lack of recognition of the importance of Silicon Valley and the world changing computer and high tech discoveries in the California section. Now, of course, biotech breakthroughs could be part of the state's credentials. Medical high technology and nano technology are also important in a fast changing world. Each state's significant cultures and focus are well done, such as the horses in Kentucky, the New Orleans festival, and more. They are not the trite pictures you might expect and are interesting and thought provoking. I especially like the breakdown of the states into sections with their relationship to each other. This is a valuable and durable book for children learning about the states, cities, geographic features, and regional areas of our United States. The quality of the book is a testament to the value of the content. It encourages pride in, and love of, our country.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend