What we liked about Pennsylvania – Here We Come!:
- As a homeschool mom who is nervous to teach about a state for which I know nothing, this is a perfect place to start. My boys are always curious about the natural world around them (although today’s outdoor adventure included me taking away the calculator…). This book fills in the details such as what are our state bird and flower, where is the state capital, and what is unique about the wildlife in the area.
- God made Pennsylvania, along with every other bit of this world. We try to incorporate God into everything we do. This book has Bible verses sprinkled throughout, making it easy to talk about God’s role in our immediate surroundings.
- The pictures are big and inviting.
One Thing I didn’t like about Pennsylvania – Here We Come!:
- I thought it would include more history. After all, our nation has it’s beginnings in Philadelphia. There is a page given for this, as well as a stop at Gettysburg to talk about Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War, but this is not the focus of this book. Instead, the author focused on the various icons of the state (state bird, wildlife, parks, etc.) and stories related to those things (including the history of those things).
Because the focus of this book is on nature and not history, this may serve as a starting point for a unit on Pennsylvania, but further research needs done to complete this study. Honestly though, those are stories that should come up in any U.S. history curriculum.
Currently, there are six titles available:
- Florida’s Treasure Coast ~ Here We Come!
- Smoky Mountains ~ Here We Come!
- Pennsylvania ~ Here We Come!
- Ohio ~ Here We Come!
- Washington ~ Here We Come!
- Colorado ~ By the Way
The author has plans to create a book for each state as well as several major landmarks (such as Smoky Mountains).