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The Scrambled States of America

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At the first annual "states party," Virginia and Idaho hatch a plan to swap spots so each can see another part of the country. Before the party is over, all the states decide to switch places.

In the beginning, every state is happy in its new location. But soon things start to go wrong. Florida, who switches spots with Minnesota, is freezing in the frosty northern climate,
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Shakeema Gabriel
I love love did I mention love this book. This was one of my favorites growing up. This is an awesome way to teach children the fifty states, their locations, and facts about them. I like when they organized the party to meet up that was cute!!!
I absolutely LOVED this book! It made me laugh out loud, non-stop! It's a great way to teach geography to students in lower grades. It includes location, place, time zones, each state's unique qualities, and lots of laughs! One way to use this in your classroom would be after reading the part where all the states get mixed up, you can have them put together a class puzzle of the different states and put them in the right places. Then read on to see how the states in the story found their right s ...more
Kathleen Basi
My 7-year-old and I had tons of fun reading this book, in which the Midwestern states get tired of their place in the world and dream up a big moving party. The result is very cute, and a lesson in being satisfied with where and what you are. Some of the best moments happen around the periphery as states have little subplots and commentaries running throughout. A great way to stretch a child's brain and help them remember what part of the country the different states inhabit.
This book is defiantly going in my favorites pile! I love the humor in this book. What a great way to teach students about the wacky facts of the 50 states in our country. I think this book is more suitable for an older audience, some of the commentary would only apply to someone who has the intelligence to understand it. However, this book could be modified and read to an younger audience by omitting the side commentary throughout the book. :)
I LOVE this book! It is so cute. It is an awesome way to teach your class not only what the states are but also what they are known for. Each state says little commentary throughout the book that allude to what the people of the state are like. It's funny and has great drawings. Kids would love it!
Beatrice A
I think that this book is really great because it teaches geography while it is also really fun. If you like it, check out this book, it is called The Scrambled States of America Talent Show, it is really good, it teaches kids like me some of the things or monuments each state is famous for, like Iowa corn and Pennsylvania's Liberty Bell while having all the states put on a talent show. I have a review for that too, just type in "Scrambled States of America" and you should get two books, this on ...more
Keller, L. (1998). The scrambled states of America. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

The United States of America are ready for a change, so they relocate to a different place on the map! After realizing that the grass just isn’t that much greener on the other side, the states move back to their original places, happy to be where they were intended to be. At the back of the book there is basic information about each state, including the nickname, capital, square miles, and population of
Keller, Laurie. (1998)The Scrambled States of America. New York: Henry Holt.

Category: picture book

Kansas is unhappy that he never gets to go anywhere, so he and his friend, Nebraska, throw a party for the rest of the states. They have a great time (I love that they're all wearing name tags)and make friends with each other. Idaho and Virginia come up with the idea of having everyone switching places so they can see a different part of the country. After the initial novelty wears off, they realize
I love this book! So funny and yet still educational in teaching about the states. I spent forever reading this book because I had to look at absolutely everything on each page. If you know your states, there is obvious humor all over the place. If you aren't as familiar, you can learn WHY what's there is funny. An excellent lap-read for school-age children. (Maybe even a fun way to introduce the states to preschool children.) This is one I would love to own. And then I could learn all of the ca ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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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 lis
Keller, L. (2008). The Scrambled States of America. New York: Henry Holt and Company.


Bored one night, the states decide to have a talent show. The states take on different tasks to prepare for the show. Through the preparations, the structure of a state's counties and cities are shown (with emphasis on Georgia), as well as the macro geography of the globe. Once the talent show begins, the states perform acts (that have very little to do with the actual states themselves).

With a lot of
Lisa Vegan
This book is a delight. I think it’s adorable. It would not be good as a read aloud but is perfect for independent readers to learn U.S. states geography in a really enjoyable way. Each page is incredibly busy; there is so much to read and look at on every page. It wouldn’t flow smoothly to read it out loud but I can see literate elementary school age children pouring over it and enjoying all the detail.

Unfortunately, it was published long enough ago that the population figures are dated, but th
Dec 17, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We found a video treat at our library: we just watched Scholastic Video Collection: The Scrambled States of America and More Stories to Celebrate Our Country DVD, which features animated adaptations of children's storybooks. This story was narrated by Jon Carroll with music by Jerry Dale McFadden and we just loved the format. It reminded us of the Tumblebooks animations that we occasionally watch online. As the book is narrated, we followed along with a slightly animated version of the illustrat ...more
Ben (5 1/2) absolutely loves the humor in this book, where all the States get bored of being stuck where they are and decide to switch places for a while. There are a lot of funny little side comments in the illustrations too. Also enjoyed the accompanying read-along CD; he says it's got funny voices and was trying to imitate them when we read it together, which is great for his reading expressiveness.
This book can serve as various tools for the classroom, with the greatest use being for geography. The book focuses on the physical shape of each state and helps recall where they are in relation to each other, since they get all mixed up. You will find yourself trying to remember which state goes next to each another. It would be great for a class to make their own version of the scrambled states but larger and put them together in a large open space, which will teach students the geographic lo ...more
As we're studying US History I thought we should also learn the states, as in where they are located. I bought this as one of the tools by which to learn them. Little did I know we'd read it 5 times in 2 days and laugh our heads off the whole time.

My boys loved the humor. They loved the silly pictures. They loved the little 'asides' the various states made. All four of them, from the 9-yr-old to the 3 yr-old sit through the entire book. As soon as I finish they ask for it again.

Now, is it workin
I want to give so much positive credits to the author of this book! I was presented this book in class and I laughed so much of the genius cartoons, drawings and their quotes. This book is perfect to use when you want to see and learn a little bit about the states of America in an easy way. I did not have so much knowledge about the states of America and where they were located, but after reading this book and studying the pictures I can recognize a few more states now. Actually, I would love to ...more
Best. Childrens. Book. Ever. Hands down. This is the way I learned the states and their shapes. I have read this at least 50000 times and I laugh every time. It never gets old. It is definitely a must read no matter the age if you're looking for pure joy.
It is a funny book because near the end the states switched places with each other and after a while,the states don't really like they're new spots.I also liked
the part when they did the get together party.
This is a great book that makes learning fun! When the states decide to change spots, hilarity ensues.

This book is a little difficult to read aloud, because of all of the asides and details, but it really adds to the enjoyment and the re-readability factor- always important in a children's book. I pick up on some new detail every time I read this.

Which state gets a sunburn? Gets their hair ruined by a passing ocean wave? Dodges sharks? Which pair of states fall in love? If the states came to a
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This book is a fantastic and fun way to teach students about the geography of the 50 states. The 50 states are bored of their current locations and, led by Kansas and Nebraska, have a pot-luck dance party and decide to switch places. Of course the grass is not always greener on the other side... Each illustration is packed full of information about each state. The book also includes a table at the end where further information on each state is given.

Great for any age, I w
This was one of my favorite picture books as a kiddo. 20 years later and I still think it's hilarious. <3
Taleda Crafter
In this book, the fifty states of the United States of America get tired of being in the same place that they are always in on the map. So, they decide to switch around and move wherever they like. At first, they are excited about this, but after staying in another state's place for a while, they are dissatisfied. They finally decide to move back where they were originally and to be happy where they are. This book can be integrated into social studies by teaching the children the fifty states an ...more
Bree Bosse
I absolutely adore this book! This is such a fun and engaging way to help kids remember the states of America! What would happen if states switched spots with each other? It brings life to the states and gives them each a personality that would really help students and myself for that matter all of the states and where they are on the map... and some reasoning behind that! :)
There is so many activities kids can do along with this book- could have cut outs of the states and have them manipulate
Niki (Daydream Reader)
My second graders were laughing so hard listening to this book on Bookflix. Love it!
Angela Scott
Laurie Keller introduces traditional subject matter to children like facts about the states in a new way by having them perform in a talent show. A very fun read aloud!
My son and I have read this together and get a laugh out of it every time! Kansas becomes bored and wants to host a party to get to know the rest of the states. It turns out everyone else is bored too. All the states decide to change locations and it ends up being complete chaos! This book is very funny, but also gives you a great opportunity to learn the states locations and even what they are famous for. This is definitely one of our favorites!
This one didn't really grab my boys' attention...except that Ryan was disappointed that Delaware didn't feature more prominently. From my perspective, the most entertaining parts were the side conversations between the various states; Ryan understood some but not all of the little jokes they contained, and these parts were a bit hard to read aloud without giving Ryan some context for understanding each conversation.
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Laurie Keller grew up in Muskegon, Michigan. She always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She spent much of her time performing in a local dance tour company and dancing in and choreographing some civic theatre shows.
She graduated several years later with a BFA in Illustration. She also got a job as a greeting card illustrator at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the author and
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