The 50 states of 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.
About the Author:
This is Joshua Kraushar’s first attempt at writing a teen/adult book. The author is a retired high school Social Studies teacher who recently ended his career of thirty-five years. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and is working as a tour guide in New York City. Victoria Rose Weiss is a talented young illustrator who was Joshua’s former high school student in Ridgefield, New Jersey.
My kids immediately dove right into this book. It is such a cute way to present each of the 50 states. There are some illustrations in the book but not in an overbearing way. Just enough to add to the limericks. It did become clear pretty quickly though that not all of them are appropriate for young children. So now I read the appropriate passages to them. 4 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.