Wednesday, September 16, 2015

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Young Explorers 50 States by Smithsonian


Which state flag was designed by a thirteen-year-old?
Which state lets you keep any gems you find while mining at the Crater of Diamonds State Park?
And which state is home to the second most-visited house in America?

Journey across the country with the Smithsonian and learn all about what makes our nation so great with Smithsonian Young Explorers: 50 States. This alphabetically arranged compendium of state trivia contains information on state birds, animals, and flowers, famous state residents, and a gaggle of fun facts. Once kids 6 and up have become experts on Alabama through Wyoming, they can have more fun assembling the included 130-piece puzzle of the United States. The adorably illustrated puzzle and map gives kids extra opportunities to learn about the 50 states and basic geography. And once kids are ready to see the states themselves, the book, puzzle, and map all tuck neatly into a snap-shut suitcase, ready to hit the road.

(Answers: Alaska’s, Arkansas, and Tennessee, home of Elvis Presley!)


I am grateful for the opportunity to review this product.  Not only did I have a fun time putting the puzzle together, but the facts in the book were fascinating.  As a geography major in college I was familiar with some of them but there were others that were new, such as the fact that no one in Alaska has lived or lives in igloos except during emergencies or that it's against the law to wear a fake mustache to church in order to make people laugh in Alabama (there has to be a funny story about this--although those who passed the law obviously didn't think so).  The puzzle is a fun way for children to learn about the different states as each state is highlighted with symbols that represent that state.  Loads of educational fun for children (and adults ;)).

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