50 Adventures in the 50 States

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Product DescriptionBe brave and set your spirit free on an exciting journey across the U.S. of A, taking in 50 incredible adventures! From the award-winning author of National Parks of the USA, Kate Siber, this stunning book showcasesan amazing adventure activity to try in every single state. 50 Adventures in the 50 States features gripping outdoors activities,vividly illustrated and described alongsidefascinating facts about the nature and geography of each activity location - the very best the U.S.A. has to offer budding young adventurers!Walk on an active glacier in Alaska;climb the highest peak in the Northeast in New Hampshire;horseback ride through ancient canyons with a Navajo guide in Arizona andsurf the iconic Venice Beach in California. Each adventure is illustrated with abeautiful, poster-worthy image, withpull-out facts about how the adventure activity is accomplished and key information about the area?snatural and cultural highlights. Activities range from the high-octane, such aswind surfing the Gulf Coast in Texas orcanyoneering in Utah, to the magical and inspiring, such as soaking innatural hot springs in Idaho,stargazing from a train in Nevada and witnessing the synchronous firefly displays in Georgia. This books is to be pored over and treasured by aspiring adventurers - be they children or adults!Also available from the 50 States series: The 50 States,50 Cities of the U.S.A.,The 50 States: Activity Book,The 50 States: Fun Facts,50 Trailblazers of the 50 States, andI Spy the 50 States.From School Library JournalGr 4-6-Siber highlights activities native to each of the 50 states. The topics discussed include the fall colors of Vermont, the Badlands of North Dakota, the downtown Chicago, IL, ice rink in winter, the bird population of New York City, scuba diving off the coast of North Carolina, and digging for salt crystals at the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The entries are engaging, but this is the type of volume that can easily lead young readers to assume that the spotlighted activity is the main feature of each state. Each two-page chapter showcases Hill's vibrant illustrations. Some animals resemble caricatures. Text boxes provide a general overview and history of the location and attraction. Other relevant information is scattered across the spread. Some readers will struggle with the haphazard arrangement of the text. Pronunciations and definitions are missing. There is an index, but no glossary. Some statements are contradictory. For instance, a question in the Kansas section asks, "Did you know that prairies grow in places that are too dry for forests and too wet for deserts?" At the bottom of the page, the text reads, "Jackrabbits, cottontails, rodents, lizards, and deer all live on the prairie. In forested areas near streams, foxes and bobcats prowl." VERDICT This title might be useful for supplying a unique fact for state reports, but it is not a comprehensive resource.-Eldon Younce, Anthony P.L., KSAbout the AuthorKate Siber, author of the award-winning bestseller National Parks of the USA, is a journalist and a correspondent for Outside magazine living in Durango, Colorado. She has tried her hand at almost every adventure activity going, and covers the world?s wild and remote places as well as environmental and social issues. Her writing has been featured in many publications, including National Geographic Traveler, National Parks, Preservation, Men?s Journal, and The New York Times.Lydia Hill is a freelance illustrator and 2D designer currently based in North London but originally from Portsmouth, England. She graduated from Middlesex University in 2019 with a First Class Degree in Illustration. Her clients include YES! Magazine, Wide Eyed Editions/Quarto Publishing, SkyTv, 33 seconds, The RAF, and Middlesex University. She usually works digitally and enjoys building up layers of color and texture to create a faux-traditional


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