|The Great Massachusetts Puzzle Book
The Great Massachusetts Puzzle Book
by Jane Petrlik Smolik
96 pages, Paperback Ages: 7-12
This is the second in a lively series of state puzzle
books written by a mother on a mission. A few years
ago when Jane Smolik was looking for a fun, educational
puzzle book that would teach her children about her
beloved home state of Maine, all she could find were
mass produced books that could have been authored
by anyone with an encyclopedia and a computer. Not
good enough. And so began these charming, content
rich books that weave both historical and geographical
facts as well as legends and even some local recipes into
crosswords, mazes, word searches and logic puzzles. Fun
facts, activities and games include the Arnold Arboretum,
Dr. Seuss, Boston Harbor, the Pilgrims, Quabbin Reservoir, ORDER NOW
The Freedom Trail, New Bedford, cranberry recipes, historic
Deerfield and the state's many museums and natural
Metrowest MA Regional Library System
"Crisp, high-contrast pages would reproduce well. This would make a lovely prize for summer reading program participants. Recommended."
Parents and Kids
"...filled with vibrant illustrations and plenty of puzzles..kids will enjoy fun facts, activities and games about life in Massachusetts from the Berkshires to Cape Cod."
Cape Cod Times
"Smolik's colorful puzzle book is perfect for car trips, beach days, rainy afternoons or any time children and grown-ups need a pick-me-up. What's fun about this new book is that you learn facts about Massachusetts geography and history while working on crossword puzzles, mazes, scrambled words and logic games."
The Barnstable Patriot
"Smolik has created a fun workbook that will appeal to a variety of ages...She slips in history lessons throughout, balancing them with excursions into the natural world. If you're puzzled about how to entertain a grandchild, nephew or niece on a rainy day or a long car trip, this book is a worthy solution."
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, June 2006
"The biggest drawback I can see to these interesting and thoughtfully designed books is that only three states are currently represented. Hopefully, the author will continue to expand her offerings until all 50 states are represented!"