The Scrambled States of America

If you want to teach your gang geography, encourage them to value travel and well…possess the general knowledge that a reference to “Washington” does not necessarily denote a conversation about our first president…then you’ll appreciate The Scrambled States of America, by Laurie Keller.

I first stumbled upon this gem in one of my many self-indulgent rendezvous to Hallmark. Drawn in by the fantastic illustrations and novel storyline, it became plain that I would actually be doing my kids a disservice by foregoing a purchase.

I mean, it’s educational, right?

In Keller’s imaginative world of changing geography, Kansas decides he’s tired of being surrounding by the same dull states, without water, and stuck in a wide expanse of flatness. So, he proposes swapping spots with another state and eventually extends the invitation to the entire nation at an evening potluck. [Wisconsin contributed cheese…can you guess what Idaho brought?]

After the states flee their old friends and neighbors in the name of newness and adventure, they quickly find that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the Mason Dixon Line. Minnesota gets sunburned when he flip-flops with Florida, and Kansas ends up bobbing in the Pacific when Hawaii signs up for a switcheroo. Should they stay? Should they go?

The Scrambled States of America is a silly page-turner that will keep you captivated until it’s all settled. Humorous comic-like captions let you in on the private thoughts of the states, and Uncle Sam serves as narrator.

If you’re wondering how you can introduce basic geography to your kids, pick up a copy! It will remind them that there’s more to “Washington” than cherry trees or wooden dentures.

What’s your latest and greatest children’s picture book? Why do you like it?

{photo credits: Thank you, Photography by Kamarah!}

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3 Responses to The Scrambled States of America

  1. Lyndsey says:

    Love it! I’m going to keep my eyes open for this. Sounds great…thanks for the heads up!

  2. Jane, Have you seen the Scrambled States of America game? My kids love it–yours might, too. Among other things, it helps them learn where the states are in relation to each other, although I’m fairly certain they just think they’re just trying to win a game!

    • heartscape says:

      I’ve had several people facebook me and tell me about a game and, apparently, a puzzle [?] that goes with this book, but I had no idea! Thank you for sharing that! I’ll have to get to the store and check them out 🙂 Love these sneaky ways of teaching our kids! Thanks for reading 🙂

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