Thursday, June 11, 2009

One more 5 star review

I have been given permission to use Wayne Walker's review (which will be posted on Stories for Children Magazine as well as and b& when they get it in the schedule).

Here is Wayne's review:


BOOK: State of Quarries
AUTHOR: Elysabeth Eldering
ILLUSTRATOR: Aidana WillowRaven
PUBLISHER: 4RV Publishing LLC (2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0-9797513-9-4
ISBN-10: 0-9797513-9-X
RATING: 5 stars

REVIEWED BY: Wayne Walker

Do you think that you know the United States? Then maybe you would be willing to take the "Junior Geography Detective Squad" challenge. Thirteen-year-old Matt Patterson's mother has given him a hand-held geography game that has both a screen and a voice. It gives a set of clues, going from obscure to more well-known, about one of the fifty states. There are also "bonus clues" about one of the five territories which are part of the United States. I had the privilege of reviewing the first book of the "Junior Geography Detective Squad 50 States Mystery Trivia Series," which was entitled State of Wilderness, for Stories for Children Magazine back in October of last year, and it was fascinating.

In State of Quarries, the reader follows Matt and his eleven year old sister Mary Beth as they listen to the clues and try to guess the state. The challenge is to determine which state is being described before they do. Like its predecessor, this book is written in a very interesting style, and the drawings by Aidana WillowRaven help the reader see what the "Junior Geography Detective Squad" is experiencing. At just 69 pages of text, it is perfect for young readers, although there are additional pages at the end with more information about the state, discussion questions, and a bibliography of resources for further study. Statistics show that the average high school student cannot go to a globe or world map and point out where Russia is located. This series won't help you find Russia on the map, but it will give you a better understanding of American geography. What a fun way to learn more about our country! The next book in the series will be State of Reservations.

Related websites: series website, series blog, publisher's website


Rena said...

Congratulations, Elysabeth! I hope things with the new book are going well.

elysabeth said...

Things are a bit slow right now (it doesn't help that I am out of copies of State of Quarries) with school being out. All will pick up in the fall I hope. E :)

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