Monday, January 6, 2014

There Once Was a Man From The USA - 50 State Limericks


There Once Was A Man From the U.S.A. is a book of limericks about each of the fifty states in alphabetical order. The book contains several illustrations from the talented Victoria Rose Weiss. Many of the limericks have very little connection with the states mentioned but some are directly related to several of the others. Although it may seem simplistic to use the same rhyme scheme, it turned out to be much harder than one would think. Try rhyming words with Massachusetts, (not that's something that you would normally do) and you might find it more difficult than you would imagine. If you are a child, a teen or a geographically challenged adult who needs an easy way to remember the fifty states, this may be the book for you.

My Review:

I was really excited to get this book as after I finished the review, I had planned on donating it to my children's school as I thought it would be a great learning resource.  Especially since this was written by a former Social Studies teacher.

Unfortunately I will not be donating the book nor did I allow my oldest to read the book.

There are some inappropriate wording that maybe more suited to adults.  This book needs to be retitled to the adult audience and not to children.

Here is the first two limericks in the book:


There once was a sorority girl from Alabama
Proud member of Phi Delta Gamma
Boyfriend Billy Bob
Was a fat, cheating slob
So she finished him off with a hammer


There once was a man from Alaska
Whose marriage was a great disaster
"Do this and do that,
Treats me worse than a rat"
He mumbled while trying to blast her

This is not appropriate for children nor an educational/fun way for them to learn facts about each state.

I will not recommend this book at all.  I really had more hopes for this book.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a complimentary copy.  All views are my own and not influenced in anyway.

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