I recently got the opportunity to read a new children’s geography book called Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose. I was especially excited to see this book because my kids and I try to do weekly geography lessons, which I write about over on my Just Playin’ Around blog. So I’m always looking for new geography resources, and this one is great!
Each left-hand page features a rhyme that introduces a state by telling what number state it is, the capital, state flower, state tree and state bird. It has the state motto at the bottom of the page as well. Here’s an example:
Up in the north
lies the 23rd state,
it is called Maine
and I hear it’s just great.
Augusta is the capital
and there are many things to see,
like the White Pine Cone and Tassel flower
and the Eastern White Pine tree.
The bird, the Chickadee,
lives in Maine too.
It’s a wonderful place to visit,
I’d like to go there, wouldn’t you?
On the right-hand page, there is a picture related to the state. This is what makes this book so great! While we get some good facts out of the rhyme, it is limited to the same pieces of information for each state. But the vibrant pictures on the right capture so much more. They show the shape of the state, the flag and many unique features of the state.
For example, on the Maine page, we see Fifo the bear standing on a dock holding lobsters in each hand, with a pine cone tucked in his shirt. The state bird is sitting on a boat by the dock reading a book that says Longfellow on the cover. The water next to the dock shows whale tails and Matinicus Isle with puffins on it. In the distance we see land with a lighthouse, pine trees, a moose and lots of logs piled next to a sign that says “Logging.” The state flag flies on the dock and the shape of the state of Maine is shown in the corner.
The level of information provided by this picture is amazing. We learn so much about the state without having to read about it. We can talk about whatever details interest the kids, and ignore the others. I highly recommend this to anyone who would like to introduce young children to the United States. I know we will be using it for all of our state studies in the future.
My Rating: 5/5
My Book Retreat’s Rating System:
5/5 = It’s one of my favorites!
4/5 = It’s a great book!
3/5 = It’s a good book.
2/5 = I didn’t like it.
1/5 = I couldn’t even finish it.
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