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The 50 States:
Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps!
Written by Gabrielle Balkan
Illustrated by Sol Linero
(Wide Eyed Editions; $30.00; Ages 7-10)
THE 50 STATES FUN FACT BLOG EXTRAVAGANZA
Upon reading The 50 States, a lavishly-illustrated collection of fact-filled maps, children will be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty and diversity of the United States. There are thousands of wondrous locations to be explored, hundreds of historical moments to discover, and The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps! also includes information on hundreds of people who helped make America what it is today. In addition, there’s a helpful guide to the state flags and presidents of the USA.
And we’ve got New York!!
WELCOME TO THE EMPIRE STATE New York was America’s capital before it was a nation, and still a British colony. After the Americans won their independence, George Washington—the first president—was sworn in on the steps of New York City’s Federal Hall. With a population of more than 8 million, New York City is the largest city by far in the country. In fact, “the City that Never Sleeps” has more people than 40 of the U.S.’s 50 states! This mighty metropolis is one of the only places where the price of a slice of pizza and the cost of a single ride on the subway have been equal for over 50 years! One visit is all it takes to fall in love with this historic, culture-filled state—from the jaw-dropping awesomeness of Niagara Falls or the rugged beauty of the Adirondacks to the cheesecake, hot dogs, and clam chowder of the Big Apple.
Here are some of my favorite facts about New York:
– DEREK JETER b.1974 Jeter’s 20-year baseball career with the New York Yankees included five World Series championships.
– JIMMY FALLON b.1974 Brooklyn-bred Fallon starred in Saturday Night Live and now hosts The Tonight Show.
– JULY 8, 1779: General George Washington moves his Revolutionary War headquarters to West Point, which later becomes the United States Military Academy.
– JULY 19–20, 1848: Votes for women! The first suffrage convention is held in Seneca Falls.
– MAY 24, 1883: The Brooklyn Bridge opens and 21 elephants cross to test its strength!
– AUGUST 15–18, 1969: 400,000 people come together in the name of peace at the Woodstock festival.
– New York is big on apples: it grows the most of any state after Washington.
– Dress up like comedian Lucille Ball and act out scenes from her hit show at the Desilu Studios in Jamestown.
– STATUE OF LIBERTY – This huge sculpture was completed in 1886. Representing freedom, it has become an icon of New York and the U.S. as a whole.
– SUBWAY NYC has 722 miles of subway track!
– THE FINGER LAKES are made up of 11 long, thin lakes.
– SYRACUSE experiences the highest average snowfall of any American city.
– IROQUOIS ATHLETICS – An early form of lacrosse was played by the Iroquois nations.
Find out more by picking up a copy at your local independent bookstore today.