Wednesday, October 14, 2015

THE 50 STATES by Gabrielle Balkan & Sol Linero / Blog Tour: Book Spotlight

Hello and welcome to today's THE 50 STATES post. To celebrate the release of a brand new book for kids, THE 50 STATES, a book that will help teach young readers interesting facts and a brief history about each state, I have the opportunity to spotlight one of the states here on Mundie Kids. Today's featured state is Oklahoma! *Click on the image below to enlarge it.


Of all the nine “panhandle” states, Oklahomans would argue that theirs most closely resembles the handle of a cooking pan! And Okies sure know how to cook. The lip-smacking official state meal includes chicken-fried steak, fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn on the cob, black-eyed peas, strawberries . . . and pecan pie! 

Oklahoma is home to the second-largest Native American population of any state. With headquarters for 39 of America’s tribal nations, as well as 25 different Native American languages spoken, the 46th state has the largest diversity of tribes in the country. The Sooner State boasts outdoor marvels of all kinds, including the lava rocks of the Black Mesa State Park, and seemingly endless prairies, which today are covered in wind farms. It’s not rare to hear the phrase “hold on to your hat” in Oklahoma, where, in the words of the state song, the wind comes sweeping down the plain!


By: Gabrielle Balkan
Illustrated by: Sol Linero
Published by: Wide Eyed Editions
Released on: October 1st, 2015
Ages: 8-12

Be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty and diversity of the United States in this curious collection of fact-filled maps. Explore thousands of wondrous locations and be awed by the achievements of hundreds of people who helped make America what it is today. Celebrate, explore, enjoy!

This looks like a fabulous book! I'm looking forward to looking through it. You can find out more about The 50 States here. Add The 50 States to your To Be Read shelf on Goodreads. Purchase the book from Amazon. Check out Kirkus's review of the book here

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