Parents' Guide to

The Scrambled States of America Talent Show

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Wacky intro to the 50 states and their talents.

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age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+
age 3+

Not as good as the original Scrambled States, but ...

My daughter loves both of the Scrambled States books, though we both agree that the first book is a bit better. Younger kids aren't going to get all of the jokes -- there's an opening bit about state abbreviations that my daughter thinks is hilarious, but doesn't really understand -- but there's so much great detail that it doesn't matter. And everyone can sympathize with Georgia, who suffers from stage fright ... until the big moment comes along.

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Educational value
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Is It Any Good?

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Though the story is rather silly, kids will enjoy it, especially those who are trying to learn the names, dates and shapes of the states. Looking a bit like SpongeBob SquarePants characters, the caricatured states dance about in the same colorful array that readers may have encountered in Keller's earlier book. States hold their state-shapes atop spindly spaghetti legs, their simple round eyes and big-toothed smiles showing a kind of scary enthusiasm as they dance, sing, and joke their way through the wacky talent show.

Learning about the states has never been so silly, and such fun. Kids will get a kick out of it. They are sure to take away the little facts that are tucked in here and there, as well as having a good picture of each state's shape and personality.

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