I’ve recently had the pleasure of looking though the Slightly Odd United States of America Wacky Fact Book. This is the perfect summer book as it contains so many fascinating facts. It divides the country up by location and devotes a page to each state. It shows the state and then highlights famous people, key events and locations from that state.
I was really happy to discover some facts about some of my favorite brands which have been featured on Laughing Lindsay! For instance:
* Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream was started in an abandoned gas station in Burlington, Vermont.
* The Hershey Company is located in Pennsylvania where half of the company’s stock is owned by a boys school orphanage.
* The Jolly Green Giant’s birthplace is in Le Sueur, Minnesota. 3M Scotch is located in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Yay for Minnesota as it’s also where the Pillsbury Dough Boy and Betty Crocker were created! Anyone up for a trip to Minnesota?
* Let’s not forget Area 51 in New Mexico!
Doesn’t all of that sound interesting?
There’s also several fun activity pages in the book. Pages include state abbreviations, state nick-names, famous faces, word scrambles, word searches and more! There’s a little something for every child in this book. I think it would provide a good amount of entertainment for someone on a trip. Plus, the parent could help the child with the activities, creating a good bonding experience.
This is a great book for those in 4th through 7th grades (according to Scholastic). There are so many wonderful facts and fun to be had in it. I spent several minutes just scanning through it and reading the interesting facts. So much fun!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.