Book Review – Arizona Way Out West & Wacky

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Arizona Way Out West and Wacky

Author: Conrad J. Storad and Lynda Exley
Illustrator: Michael Hagelberg
112 pages
Publisher: Little Five Star (2012)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-58985-047-7
Price: $11.95

Many State Departments of Education and many school districts require local and/or state history geography in the school curriculum. I remember hubby and I driving across country East Coast to West Coast with our youngest two then 10 and 11. Keeping them interested, not bored, and learning on that long ride would have been so much easier had Arizona Way Out West & Wacky been around back then. I just received a printer’s copy still unassembled of this fun book. It is a great resource for teaching…wish there was something similar for every U. S. state.

This official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission is a true academic resource for grade-schoolers. Its craft lessons and regional recipes are simple and appropriate to projects and areas of study. Its text is humorous, interesting, and comprehensive, even somewhat gross and wacky. Thee is somehing for everyone in its play activities (coloring, picture comparisons, puzzles, word searches, scrambles, riddles, crosswords, mazes, codes).

With a table of contents and glossary, readers can find anything and everything easily. Where else is topography, weather, animals, plants, insects, arachnids, birds, native people, food, Hispanic heritage, desert life, playthings and past times, place names, mining and miners, weird facts and myths, state stuff, agriculture, origins, population, tourism–well organized and readable not stogy reference work?

The format of Arizona Way Out West and Wacky’s high quality pages is sure to enhance learning for casual vacationing tourists (both young and old) as well as those studying Arizona. For more about this book, visit

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