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The Scrambled States of America

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,182 ratings  ·  154 reviews
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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Tots R
The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller (Nonfiction)
As a daycare provider I try to find books that are educational and also fun. The Scrambled States of America is a wonderful book to read the illustrations are bright and fun. My children ages 3 were able to follow as I read this book and was able to answer questions once I was done reading it to them. This book teaches children to learn the names of states and there shapes. This book does a great job making the states come alive, with
Natalie Brockmeier
This book was hilarious. It's also from a very interesting perspective, as this was my first read in the perspectives of states as characters. It was enjoyable and I think kids would like it. I think the pages are composed in a very interesting way.
I can definitely see uses for this in my classroom. We could read this book and then have it leeway in to a discussion about all of the states and what's special about each of them. We could look at a map and work on identifying states as well after
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. :)
Anna Korroch
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I thought that this book was very well done and creative. I loved that each state was personified and had its own personality. The pictures were very bright and eye catching. I liked how the illustrator used space and scattered many different pictured across each page. Kansas plays a main role in the story and I liked this because I have always lived in Kansas.

This book would be a great reformative read aloud for grades 3-5. It could be used during a unit on geography or
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!
Edward Creter
This book has me in different "states"...a state of Apathy, a state of nervousness, a state of premonition of bad things to come. Actual states switch places on the map to see how other states live. Do you see what I see? No, scratch that,...oh say, CAN YOU SEE? I see stuff I probably shouldn't. Other people switch states in a different way to see how the other half of life is, and often can't wait to get back home. I myself was made by my mom to move from Brentwood, NY (my hometown) to St. Pete ...more
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
Megan Cureton
Virginia and Idaho decide to throw a party and switch spots with all the other states to see new places of the country. Every state is excited to see some place new, until they start missing home. They decide that they like where their home is and want to go back to normal. I thought these images in this book were some of the best I have ever seen. I love how the author has little word bubble type things in the images just to add some extra humor and things for the child to read throughout the s ...more
Alexis Weber
I loved this book! The bright and colorful illustrations on each page are so engaging! As well as all of the truly funny comments by each of the states in the side notes. This book would be fun to read aloud in a fourth grade classroom when the students are learning their state capitals. I would assign different students to be different states and they could read the small comments their state makes throughout the book. While doing this, said students could state the capital of the state that th ...more
Stephanie Croaning
This is a fun introduction to the geography and culture of the United States. Kansas is bored always being stuck in the middle of the USA, so along with his best friend Nebraska, they convince all the states to switch places and get to have different experiences. Very fun and exciting at first, the states start to miss their homes. This is a very creative story that includes a nice lesson about enjoying new experiences, but also longing for home sweet home, and it includes a social studies lesso ...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
This is a silly book/story. That said, it is a good madeup story-type introduction of states...for little kids learning American geography. It has each state in the back with basic info as a reference too. It would be fun to play the game or your own made up game/puzzle of the states afterwards, to go along with the theme.
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
(Picture book selection)

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
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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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