Monday, October 5, 2015

Book Spotlight: The 50 States by Gabrielle Balkan & Sol Linero (South Carolina)

Title: The 50 States
Author: Gabrielle Balkan
Illustrator: Sol Linero
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Publication Date: October 1, 2015

Synopsis: Explore 50 illustrated maps, each featuring state capitals, famous residents and key historical moments. Also includes a guide to the state flags and presidents of the USA.

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!

About: Author GABRIELLE BALKAN has written over 20 books for children, including the Mr Presidents series for Scholastic. She lives and works in New York.

Illustrator SOL LINERO lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her clients include Scholastic, Oprah magazine, Jamie Oliver Magazine, and Wired.


When they asked me which state I wanted to represent, I of course had to choose my home state of South Carolina!

South Carolina Fun Facts:

  • 1698: The first public library in the nation is established in Charleston.

  • 2054: Myrtle Beach residents will open a time capsule that Horry County Elementary School students buried in 2004! 

  • ANGEL OAK: This 65-foot-tall, 1,500-year old tree has survived hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes.

  • MYRTLE BEACH: In 2007 the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sand Castle was awarded to Myrtle Beach!

  • THE CAROLINA CUP is an annual horse race held in Camden. 

  • TOPIARY GARDEN: Pearl Fryar’s 3-acre garden has some 300 shrubs trimmed into amazing shapes 

  • WILD TURKEYS: The official state game bird can outrun a galloping horse!

To learn more interesting facts about South Carolina and the other 49 states, be sure to check out The 50 States.

-Kristen ♥

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