Having just returned from a cross-country trip from Pennsylvania to Montana, the kids were super excited to help me review THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA. The package comes with both a paperback copy of the story as well as an unabridged reading of the book. The CD has a read-along section with chimes to indicate when to turn the page, and also an uninterrupted version of the story. No matter which option you choose, be it reading the book, just listening to the story, or a combination of both, everyone will come away amused, entertained, and yes, I'll admit, a little bit educated.
The story is told with different voices to take on the personalities of the States. Kansas, being landlocked in the middle of the country, is bored. With the assistance of its neighbor, Nebraska, the two states decide to throw a party and invite all the other States. The party is a brilliant success, and Idaho and Virginia suggest that all of the States change places.
Well, they all agree and soon, Florida is where Minnesota used to be and complaining of the cold. And Minnesota winds up with sunburn, having moved to the south. Arizona doesn't like being on the Atlantic Ocean because it messes up her hair. And poor Alaska, used to being alone, is being crowded by both Oklahoma and Michigan. Poor Kansas, having complained about being in the middle of the country, is now all alone out where Hawaii used to be. Things are worse rather than better.
A very fun and at times silly story, the narrators bring life to all the States and their interactions. If following with the book, there are many side illustrations that the narrators also share. The story goes quickly and is one that can be listened to over and over again. In reading the book, the vibrant colors and illustrations are eye-catching and informative.
Plus, my 9-year-old son tried to trick me up when testing me on the states and their capitals that are added at the back of the book.