50 States: Letters I, K, and L

It's been a long time since I wrote up the states we've been working on. We've had some delays because of summertime, but we're still working through the alphabet.

Idaho: We read about how P is for Potato, but I thought it was the worst one in this series. The rhymes were really terrible. We also read Mailing May, which is a cute story from Idaho. For dinner we at baked trout and fried potatoes.

Illinois: The books we read included L is for Lincoln, Prairie Numbers, and Our Abe Lincoln. We ate some Chicago deep-dish pizza that was really delicious and we also watched the movie Home Alone since it is set in Chicago.

We learned that H is for Hoosier, and we learned about Indiana's place in the abolition movement with this book. For dinner we had tenderloin sandwiches (which were delicious) and some sugar cream pie (which was a little too sweet for our tastes).

Iowa: We read H is for Hawkeye and Numbers in a Row, and I was a little disappointed that I couldn't find any other picture books set in Iowa. That seemed a little strange to me. For dinner we had a down-home meal of pork chops, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

Kansas: S is for Sunflower, and Kansas also has twisters and was the birthplace of Amelia Earhart. I also checked out some books in this intermediate series for S-Boogie. For dinner we tried bierocks, and they were absolutely delicious. I think we need to eat them again some time.

Kentucky: The kids liked reading B is for Bluegrass, but I had trouble finding any other picture books set in Kentucky. I think I need to do a better job looking. For dinner we had fried chicken (of course) with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.

Louisiana: This state was fun because there are a number of fun picture books that talk about it. We read P is for Pelican and The Twelve Days of Christmas in Louisiana. We also read Ol' Bloo's Boogie Woogie Band, Lu and the Swamp Ghost, and Mr. Williams. For dinner one night we ate jambalaya, and we watched The Princess and the Frog one night and then made beignets. The kids really liked the beignets, especially since they recognized them from books we had read and from the movie.


Kristi said…
I still think this project is super fun. The only sad thing is that you didn't watch "The Music Man" for Iowa. "You're in . . . I--oway!"
Katya said…
I did a LibraryThing tagmash search on "picture book" and "Kentucky" and found "That book Woman" by Heather Henson, which is about the pack horse librarians of Kentucky. (I had not known that there was such a thing as a pack horse librarian!)
FoxyJ said…

I should try that; one library I use has a catalog that is difficult to search and the other has one that is easier. I know stuff is out there if I look hard enough, but I haven't been. I should try LibraryThing and I guess I could try Novelist as well.
Katya said…
If you're not familiar with LibraryThing searches, the tagmash search can be a little tricky, but it's very powerful. (I.e., let me know if you want me to walk you through it.)

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