The Scrambled States of America

The Scrambled States of America

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Packed with madcap humor and whimsical illustrations, this quirky story will make learning geography as much fun as taking a vacation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781427207302
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 07/21/2009
Edition description: First Edition, Book & CD set
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 494,272
Product dimensions: 10.40(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 9 Years

About the Author

Laurie Keller is the illustrator of Marty Frye, Private Eye and Toys! Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions. A freelance artist who graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design, Ms. Keller has always felt destined to write a book about the reorganization of the states. In first grade she rearranged her teacher's seating chart to best meet her needs. It was only a matter of time before she moved on to bigger things.

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Scrambled States of America 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Having just returned from a cross-country trip from Pennsylvania to Montana, the kids were super excited to help me review THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA. The package comes with both a paperback copy of the story as well as an unabridged reading of the book. The CD has a read-along section with chimes to indicate when to turn the page, and also an uninterrupted version of the story. No matter which option you choose, be it reading the book, just listening to the story, or a combination of both, everyone will come away amused, entertained, and yes, I'll admit, a little bit educated. The story is told with different voices to take on the personalities of the States. Kansas, being landlocked in the middle of the country, is bored. With the assistance of its neighbor, Nebraska, the two states decide to throw a party and invite all the other States. The party is a brilliant success, and Idaho and Virginia suggest that all of the States change places. Well, they all agree and soon, Florida is where Minnesota used to be and complaining of the cold. And Minnesota winds up with sunburn, having moved to the south. Arizona doesn't like being on the Atlantic Ocean because it messes up her hair. And poor Alaska, used to being alone, is being crowded by both Oklahoma and Michigan. Poor Kansas, having complained about being in the middle of the country, is now all alone out where Hawaii used to be. Things are worse rather than better. A very fun and at times silly story, the narrators bring life to all the States and their interactions. If following with the book, there are many side illustrations that the narrators also share. The story goes quickly and is one that can be listened to over and over again. In reading the book, the vibrant colors and illustrations are eye-catching and informative. Plus, my 9-year-old son tried to trick me up when testing me on the states and their capitals that are added at the back of the book.
mulstad07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Age: Intermediate, Middle SchoolMedia: Acrylic paint, colored pencil, and markerThe genre of this book is fantasy. it is a fantasy book because it the states are alive in it and in real life, that is not true. States cannot just get up and go somewhere else. It was a very humorous book though.
clmattox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some of the states decide that they should all come together and have a party. After a while, it becomes a mess. Finally they go back to their normal position, but they all have a new found friendship with each other. At the end of the book there is information on each state, such as population and land size.
librarianista76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is a cute book about the fifty states and how they become scrambled. It starts when Kansas is unhappy about being in the middle of the country with nothing to do. His neighbor states help arrange the party for the other states so that the other states can meet each other. After the party, the states decide to move to another part of the country. Kansas ends up in Hawaii's place and becomes miserable in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with no other state around. The states move back and share their experiences on switching places. It is a fun way to learn about the fifty states.
boaz9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time all the states were living peacefully everywhere except for Kansas, who was bored. Then he decided to make a party for all the states to come together and meet everyone. It's a funny book, and also teaches you where the states go.
aconant05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The states are sick of staying in the same place with the same neighbors all the time! They decide to trade places and try something new.
mickmyster13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. I read it to a class of fifth graders before starting a states unit and they loved it. The humor it is great and easy for young readers to understand. I think there are great characteristics attached to each state and seeing the states seperated from where they normally belong helps the reader to learn the shape of each state. There are so many fun projects that can be done after reading this book. I highly recomend it. I read it under the document camera because there are small details that would be hard to see if you just held up the book.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would be good to use when you are studying states. The book is very silly so children would find it entertaining. The book starts with Kansas getting bored and wanting to switch locations with other states.
ashore06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantasy for intermedaite grade levels. Personified states each play a part in this story about the states becoming bored with thier positions and each wanting to move somewhere else. This rearranges the country. This book is also informative as it provides facts for the states. Media: acrylics, pencils, collage
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very fun book! I got this for my son on his birthday and he loves it. Funny story, but has state facts on the inside covers.CMB
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it so much! It's totally unique and charming. All the states are bored because they've always been in the same place; Kansas has a great idea - they should all switch places! Hilarity ensues until they all come to the conclusion that they were perfectly happy where they'd been all along. It's a very light geography lesson that manages to engage and entertain quite happily.
morgangirl74 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for teaching children about the states.  We give every state a different voice and make up other silly things for the states to do.  Also recommend the game for older elementary age.  My 9 yo loves it. 
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fortheloveofliteracy More than 1 year ago
When I read this book for the first time, I was so stricken by the creativity of the author to come up with the main idea for this books story line. Not only is it a great story, it can help kids learn about the 50 states and where they are located. The DVD of the story read by Chevy Chase is wonderful as well. If you have a child that is having difficulty learning the states and where they are located, this book may be what helps them memorize the information.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story and illustrations of the states interacting with one another is great. My daughter loved this book when she was beginning elementary school to help her learn the individual states in a fun way; I recently bought a coy for my nephew.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My son was 4 when we got this book and puzzle and it jump started an obsession with states and capitals. He learned them all really quickly and continued to want more books about states. 'Scrambled States' gives all the states a personality, making them much more real and interesting to young children. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 6 year old and not only does he love it but my 3 year old does too. Both are able to identify alot of states. My 3 year old brings the book to me to read when his brother is at school. We also have the game and love that too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 4 yo to help explain what a 'state' was and what the 'United States' was and, boy, does it fulfill ALL my expectations! It's educational but, more importantly, it's fun to for both the audience AND the reader. My goal wasn't to teach him to recognize the states by their outlines but just by reading the book he knows close to 20. We also love the Great States Jr game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We borrowed this book from the library and my 3 year old loved it. We've borrowed it so many times that we are finally just buying a copy. He has even learned some of the states and their nicknames!! This book is entertaining for kids of all ages!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We bought the book for our 7 year old niece but our 2.5 yr old daughter picked it up and it has become her favorite book. SHe is now 4 and loves geography ... we read the book almost every night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful book for children. The illustrations are unique and fun. This would be an excellent book to use in an introductory lesson about the United States. Also, in the back of the book is an illustration of every state and a couple of facts about that state.