Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book
The Scrambled States of America

The Scrambled States of America

Fall 2009 Audio Book
Ages: 4 - 9 yrs.
Producer: Macmillan Audio
CD Price: $9.99
For those not familiar with Laurie Keller's book, The Scrambled States of America (and the mini industry of "scrambled" products it spawned), the story tells of the day that the 50 states decided to change places. Unfortunately, the switch doesn't go as well as expected; when Minnesota switches places with Florida he gets sunburned; Kansas becomes lonesome and seasick after switching places with Hawaii, and so on. In addition to the charming lessons in United States geography, the message about the grass not always being greener is skillfully and humorously executed. The end of the book includes brief profiles of each of the 50 states showing its capital city, size in square miles, and population.

The book and CD set let children follow along with a narrated version. Cues are given when it is time to change pages making it easy for early readers to stay on track with the story. The narration is well done and enhances the playful presentation of the book. For just $9.99, this is one geography lesson you can't afford to miss.

Jessica Hensley   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

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