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There Once Was a Man from the U.S. A.: 50 State Limericks

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The 50 states of limericks! There Once Was A Man From the U.S.A. is a book of limericks about each of the fifty states in alphabetical order. The book contains several illustrations from the talented Victoria Rose Weiss. Many of the limericks have very little connection with the states mentioned but some are directly related to several of the others. Although it may seem ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published October 21st 2013 by Outskirts Press
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Athena Nagel
Nov 18, 2013 Athena Nagel rated it really liked it
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My kids immediately dove right into this book. It is such a cute way to present each of the 50 states. There are some illustrations in the book but not in an overbearing way. Just enough to add to the limericks. It did become clear pretty quickly though that not all of them are appropriate for young children. So now I read the appropriate passages to them. 4 stars
M.M. Hudson
Nov 09, 2013 M.M. Hudson rated it it was ok
Today I received the book There Once Was A Man From the USA to read and review.
Since it was a short book, I thought I would just go ahead and review it today as well.

I am a history buff by nature and thought this book would be interesting in that it was reviewing all 50 states in rhyme and tell a little about each one. After all, the author is a now retired high school social studies teacher and should know what he is talking about. Right? At least, that is what I thought.

The fact is, I was far
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Stacie
Jan 02, 2015 Stacie rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book includes a collection of limericks about each of the fifty states. Dictionary.com states a limerick as
"a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, andthe third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet."

Some of the limericks directly relate to the state mentioned and others connect to each other. In reading, I found a number of them are kind of violent such as "finishing him off with a hammer" or "mauled by
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Sally Wolf
Nov 19, 2013 Sally Wolf rated it liked it
There once was a man who use to be a teacher
He tried to write a new creature
There was no rhythm to his rhyme
This book was a waste of time
I hope its not a double feature.


All kidding aside, I requested the early review copy of this book because I thought it would be a fun way to teach my kids about the 50 different states. Much to my disappointment, this was not the case. Other than the names of the states in alphabetical order, this book has nothing to do with any of states themselves, with the
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Momma Frugal
Jan 06, 2014 Momma Frugal rated it did not like it


I was really excited to get this book as after I finished the review, I had planned on donating it to my children's school as I thought it would be a great learning resource. Especially since this was written by a former Social Studies teacher.


Unfortunately I will not be donating the book nor did I allow my oldest to read the book.


There are some inappropriate wording that maybe more suited to adults. This book needs to be retitled to the adult audience and not to children.


Here is the first two l
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Gayle
Jan 15, 2016 Gayle rated it it was ok
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When I heard about this book, I wanted to get it for my sister's grandson so he could learn about the 50 States in a fun way. That didn't happen. The limericks have nothing to do with the states. It was rather disappointing. There may have been one or two states that the limericks were somewhat about them. The limericks couldn't rhyme with the states making them a little difficult to read, especially for a child. I feel the language in some is very inappropriate for younger readers. I feel
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Deanna at The Book Lover's Attic
From the very first limerick I was hooked. Some of them are laugh out loud funny while not always appropriate for the younger reader. The others are simply entertaining. As most of them don't have direct connections to their state, I was a little concerned about them sticking with me. But the fact that they are funny and entertaining, led me to read them over and over again.

So, did this book help teach me about geography? Not sure. However I do think that the entertainment value of this book wil
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Sandra Stiles
Dec 27, 2013 Sandra Stiles rated it liked it
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I requested the early review copy believing it would be an excellent source for my students. I was a little disappointed in it. The rhyme scheme didn't always work. I would have really enjoyed it if the Limericks went with the some piece of history from the state. I was aware that many of them would not. However, I will use the book when we return to school and have my own students pick a state and write a limerick based on an interesting fact or person from the state.
Alicia
Jun 15, 2014 Alicia rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. While the rhyming wasn’t perfect, it was still admirable, and the limericks were fun and sometimes quite accurate. The illustrations were beautiful and this makes a lovely children’s book.

See the full review on my website, Awesome Book Assessment.
Joshua Kraushar
Joshua Kraushar rated it it was amazing
Oct 31, 2013
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