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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (781 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie Keller Publisher: Weston Woods Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9780545521529
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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, and Minnesota hasn’t brought sunscreen and is getting an awful sunburn. Will the states ever unscramble themselves and return to their proper places?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will unwittingly learn more than they bargained for about the (finally) United States, while poring over the endless witty remarks exchanged over state lines.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[The Scrambled States of America] will elicit laughs from all those who thought geography was boring.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Orndorff | 2/19/2014

    " so educational "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn Yoon | 2/18/2014

    " An awesome book to use when introducing and reviewing the 50 states! I would definitely use this for a social studies lesson! Great for grades 3-5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/14/2014

    " Fun and creative, students will enjoy this book as they find interesting wys to remember the the states. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Latise | 2/9/2014

    " 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. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 2/2/2014

    " This book is classic Laurie Keller! Hilarious with funny little comments from the states themselves!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 2/1/2014

    " This is a fun book about the U.S. states! The illustrations are colorful and very clever. The back of the book has snapshots of each state, with square mileage and population. Cute! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kym | 1/23/2014

    " For coaching 5th grade battle of books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eireanne | 1/20/2014

    " On the suggested summer reading list for students...cutest book ever...try to find the video as well! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan D. Neal | 1/14/2014

    " Cute idea, cute story, 'though I don't really see how it helps in learning the states. My kids were not overly impressed with this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Monroe | 12/10/2013

    " I absolutely love this book! It's such a fun way to discuss geography with children. It even includes factual information about every state. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 11/28/2013

    " I didn't quite know what to think when I first began reading this to my daughter. But it was really creative and fun. A very intelligent children's book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missy | 11/23/2013

    " Cute. Well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 11/17/2013

    " You just can't find a more fun way to teach geography. I love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 11/1/2013

    " Just like Laurie Keller's second booka bout the "Scrambled States" this would also be great to use when teaching geography. I really enjoyed this book and I believe that the students would love reading the dialogue between the fifty states. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myles | 10/22/2013

    " My favorite part of the story is when they scrambled themselves and when Nevada and Mississippi married each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Moore | 10/11/2013

    " My kids and I love reading this book together! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/21/2013

    " a funny introduction to states. original & quirky. makes learning state facts fun. children love this read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Wirth | 9/17/2013

    " Cute book about the states and what would happen if they all swapped places... I loved that my 4 year old could still pick out many states when they were out of order. The back has little factoids about each one too. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elissa | 8/17/2013

    " Great story for young kids. There is a board game that goes along with it that teaches great geography, spelling, phonics and word recognition skills. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Mooney | 5/11/2013

    " Cute book! The states get tired of staying in the same place and so trade places with each other. Really cute story, students will learn facts about each state while enjoying the silly illustrations and side comments the states make on each page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 3/22/2013

    " Really cute book that helps kids learn the names and shapes even of all of the states in the US. I actually read this to my YMCA summer camp kiddos and they really loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chardell | 3/9/2013

    " Humorous story on the states which shows the personality and history of each state. Great for any primary grade level! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 11/28/2012

    " Just hilarious and wonderful on every level. Not such a good read aloud book, but wonderful for kids to explore all the insane side comments taking place between all the characters (states). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Ledet | 11/3/2012

    " A very funny book to use for map skills! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara K. | 8/24/2012

    " Love this book! So FUNNY! Can't wait to get a signed copy for Max, my nephew! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Pardee | 8/18/2012

    " Hilarious illustrations. All the states trade places. informational "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacquelyn DeWitt | 4/17/2012

    " Hilarious! What happens when the United States of America decide to swap locations with one another?! This books is a funny way to get students actively learning the names and locations of the United States. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laree Brown | 11/5/2011

    " This is an extremley cute book to read! It will be a great resource to use in social studies to teach students about the 50 states and geography.To integrate literacy students can make predictions, throughout the text. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Van Pelt | 10/13/2011

    " This is an interesting book to get children excited about learning about the United States. It is very unique and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 catherine | 5/1/2011

    " Picture book.

    A silly story that helps children know their states. Everything gets crazier when the states start switching places and realize they should have just been happy with where they were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 4/12/2011

    " What happens when the United STATES of America get bored with their geographic location? They scramble! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 4/10/2011

    " This would be a great book to introduce the student of the states in social studies. The book is about all of the states getting together for a talent show. Each of the states are names and it even discusses cities and counties. This would be a great addition to your social studies materials. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 3/29/2011

    " I didn't quite know what to think when I first began reading this to my daughter. But it was really creative and fun. A very intelligent children's book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 3/25/2011

    " I thought this book was cute and witty. It would be great to teach students about the states of our country while adding a little bit of fun. The pictures made it even better. Overall, a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mouseprints | 3/20/2011

    " Cute idea, cute story, 'though I don't really see how it helps in learning the states. My kids were not overly impressed with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl/Aradanryl | 1/14/2011

    " Interesting way to build skills with geography. I enjoyed the little asides, they added a lot to the dialog. I had forgotten quite a few of the shapes, I used to be good at them.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 11/29/2010

    " Just like Laurie Keller's second booka bout the "Scrambled States" this would also be great to use when teaching geography. I really enjoyed this book and I believe that the students would love reading the dialogue between the fifty states. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 11/29/2010

    " Love this book great way for students to be able to learn the states. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 11/29/2010

    " I think that this book is really cute! I like how it has funny jokes and it teaches about different items that are known in particular states; such as the peach for Georgia! I absolutely love this book and it teaches children about states and capitols. "

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About the Author
Author Laurie Keller

Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Do Unto Otters; Arnie, the Doughnut; and The Scrambled States of America, among numerous others. She grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and always loved to draw, paint, and write stories. She earned a BFA at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark as a greeting card illustrator for over seven years, until one night she got an idea for a children’s book. She quit her job, moved to New York City, and had soon published her first book. She loved living in New York, but she has now returned to her home state, where she lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.