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The Children’s Book Review | August 23, 2017

Discover more than 2,000 facts that celebrate the people, culture, and diversity that have helped make America what it is today.


We’re celebrating the book release of 50 Cities of the U.S.A., written by Gabrielle Balkan and illustrated by Sol Linero, by giving away a 50 Cities Extravaganza prize pack! Plus, below, we have a sneak peak to share with you highlighting the wonderful city of Honolulu.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A copy of The 50 Cities of the U.S.A.
  • A copy of The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps
  • A copy of The 50 States: Fun Facts: Celebrate the people, places, and food of the U.S.A.
  • A copy of The 50 States: Activity Book: Maps of the 50 States of the U.S.A.

Age Range: 7-10

Giveaway begins August 23, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends September 23, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

MapThe 50 Cities of the U.S.A.

Written by Gabrielle Balkan

Illustrated by Sol Linero

Publisher’s Synopsis: Explore skyscraper streets, museum miles, local food trucks and city parks of the United States of America and discover more than 2,000 facts that celebrate the people, culture, and diversity that have helped make America what it is today. From Anchorage to Washington D.C., take a trip through America’s well-loved cities with this unique A-Z like no other, lavishly illustrated and annotated with key cultural icons, from famous people and inventions to events, food and monuments.

Cities include Anchorage • Atlanta • Austin • Baltimore • Birmingham • Boise • Boston • Burlington • Charleston Charlotte • Cheyenne • Chicago • Cleveland • Columbus • Denver • Detroit • Hartford • Honolulu • Houston Indianapolis • Jacksonville • Kansas City • Las Vegas • Little Rock • Los Angeles • Louisville • Memphis Miami • Milwaukee • Minneapolis-St. Paul Nashville • New Orleans • New York • Newark • Newport • Oklahoma City • Philadelphia • Phoenix • Pittsburgh • Portland, ME • Portland, OR • Rapid City • Salt Lake City • San Francisco • Santa Fe • Seattle • St. Louis • Tucson • Virginia Beach • Washington, D.C.

Ages 7-10 | Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions | September 1, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1847808707

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Sneak Peak: Honolulu

Here are some of the fun facts you’ll discover inside 50 Cities of the U.S.A. about Honolulu:

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  • ALOHA TOWER For 34 years this 10-story lighthouse was Hawaii’s tallest building and its clock was one of the U.S.’s largest.
  • BUDDAH’S BIRTHDAY Is celebrated every April 8th to honor the sage who taught compassion and tolerance.
  • HALAKAHIKI (PINEAPPLE) are grown year-round and planted by hand, by burying the crown of the fruit into the earth turned red by volcanic ash.
  • HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL The highly endangered state mammal dives for a meal of fish and spiny lobsters in remote coral reefs.
  • HAWAIIAN PIDGIN The country’s unofficial language is a mix of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and languages from other immigrants groups.
  • HULA DANCING uses hand motions to tell a story and represent nature, like a tree in the breeze, or an emotion, such as fondness.
  • MOANALUA GARDENS Home to the Hitachi Tree, a 130-year-old monkeypod tree whose branches cover 120 feet.
  • SHANGRI LA Actor, art collector, and philanthropist Doris Duke’s home is now a center for Islamic arts and cultures.
  • THE FATHER DAMIEN MUSEUM honors the priest who, until he died in 1889, helped care for the leapers quarantined to the island of Molokaʻi.
  • THE FATHER OF MODERN SURFING Five-time Olympic swimming medalist, Duke Kahanamoku, is celebrated annually with weeklong watersport competitions.
  • THE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE is a Polynesian dialect with only 12 letters; mahalo (thanks) is a common word.
  • THE HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART features work by local artists, like this quilt showing Lehua blossoms, a flower sacred to Pele, goddess of fire and the volcano.
  • THE KALO (TARO) PLANT is a nutritious and sacred staple of the Hawaiian diet used in pie, ice cream, and poi.
  • THE SPAM JAM celebrates Spam; seven million cans of this canned meat are eaten every year in Hawaii, sometimes as a type of sushi: Spam musubi!
  • THE STEEL GUITAR was invented in 1889 by Joseph Kekuku; lay it flat on your lap and run a steel bar over the strings to play.
  • WRECK WONDERS Photographers, divers, and garden eels explore the wrecks of planes and boats, grown-over with coral and seagrass.
About the Author

Gabrielle Balkan comes from a family of book-loving teachers and is passionate about literacy, education, and good stories – just as her people taught her to be. She’s made good on her degree in education by working in children’s publishing and related education fields for some 15 years. Gabrielle grew up across from the Indiana State Fair and now lives in Brooklyn with her writer-husband, twins, and orange cat.Illustrator Sol Linero lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her clients include Scholastic, Oprah magazine, Jamie Oliver Magazine and Wired.

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Giveaway Rules
  • Enter between 12:00 AM Mountain Time on August 23, 2017 and 11:59 PM on September 23, 2017.
  • Open to residents of Canada and the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.
  • Winners will be selected at random on or about September 26, 2017.
  • Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
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  • What a great prize pack for children to have. Its so important for our children to learn the geography and life styles around us.
    Caro L

    August 23, 2017
  • Great giveaway, thanks!

    August 31, 2017

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