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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, 40 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Aug 21, 2015 Kelly H. (Maybedog) rated it really liked it
Clever and fun with great illustrations and lots of extra dialog in the margins, although poor Mississippi and Nevada and their unrequited love. :(
Dec 08, 2015 Annikka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summarize the book:

One day Kansas wakes up and decides that he has had enough of staying where he is. Kansas is bored and is looking for adventure. As more states hear this, they start to agree with Kansas and at a party that night for all the states they decide it would be fun to switch places. However, the states soon realize that there's no place like home after many mishaps.

Identify the characteristics from the text that support the specific genre:

This book shows the geography of the United
The Scrambled states of America by laurie keller
It isn't often you come across a children's book that's unique in it's story, fun in it's presentation, and a delight to read. Laurie Keller accomplishes this with "The Scrambled States of America". The unique idea of each state having it's own personality and voicing it's opinions on his place in the country, is both comical and creative. This book brings together colorful illustrations and a geography lesson, which will have children learning the
Gretchen Rosch
1. Kansas is absolutely tired of seeing the same thing everyday and wants something new. The states have a party and decide they want to all switch spots. Once they switch spots they realize how different things are and instantly want to switch back. Once the states are back to their original spots they are happy again.
2. k-5
3. Social Studies
4. Anyone who enjoys books that make them laugh will enjoy this.
5. For lower levels the kids can just read this to introduce them to states. For higher lev
Betty Ortega
Nov 18, 2016 Betty Ortega rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* Book Summary
This books Is about all of the states. One morning when all of the states are enjoying their first cup of coffee, everyone is happy that morning except for one state, Kansas. Kansas is upset because she wants to see other states and explore more. so all of the states decide to "travel"

Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award for Grades 3-6 (2001)

* Grade Level/ Interest level
* Appropriate Classroom Use
learning about the USA or maps
*Student Who Might Benefit From Readin
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
May 22, 2012 Kathleen Basi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
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. :)
Nov 30, 2010 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Shakeema Gabriel
Jun 26, 2014 Shakeema Gabriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-country
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!!!
Mar 21, 2017 Karina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is more than just an educational experience. It is a SPIRITUAL experience.
From the very first page, readers are swept into the marvelous world of our narrator, Sam. The actual beauty and realism of the illustrations will absolutely knock your breath away. Now, brace yourself for a tale so scintillating, that you'll never see a U.S. map the same way again.
Our hero (heroine? do anthropomorphic states have genders? another deep nuance of the book), Kansas, is presented with a dilemma. Th
Mar 21, 2017 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Great story to introduce the states.
Cassidy Wells
Feb 24, 2017 Cassidy Wells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eled-340
I thought this was a really cute book teaching a little about the different states in our country but mostly about how we all have a place where we belong and should be happy with where we come from. It was really cute! Picture Book.
Atek Farrington
Feb 25, 2017 Atek Farrington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is so creative and funny. I like how they all switch and realize that they are in the wrong spots.
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
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. (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
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
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
Jul 09, 2012 K.C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
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
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
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
Tots R
Apr 27, 2015 Tots R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara Kay
Sep 06, 2016 Sara Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This book begins with Kansas not being happy at all, so he decides to throw a party for all the states to attend. While at the party, Virginia and Idaho make plans to switch places so they can see new parts of the country. Rapidly, all the other states make plans to switch with each other. Once they have switched, they quickly realize that it was probably not the best idea. Some states were too cold, others felt crowded, and overall they were miserable. They move back to their original places, r ...more
Elizabeth Woodruff
The Scrambled States of America is such a cute book! Laurie Keller does a great job of portraying the different states of the U.S. In the story, the states decide they don't want to be in the places that they are living. They want to travel and explore new places. They soon find out that they do not like where they traveled to so they move back to their normal spot. They were thankful to have made friends along the way, but at the end of the day they were happy to be home.

At the end of this book
Dec 17, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  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
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
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
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
Anna Korroch
Personal response
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
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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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