John M. Samson has edited over 250 puzzle books for Simon & Schuster's Crossword series and has had several daily and Sunday crosswords published in The New York Times.He recently authored puzzle books for Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (HarperCollins). John's puzzles have appeared on the back of a Kellogg's cereal box, on the side of a tall building for Metro-North Railroad, in a tree inhabited by Keebler elves, in a keystone for the H. J. Heinz Company, in a heart for Longevity magazine, on an album cover for a rock group, and in a three-page centerfold for Golf Digest. John's other pursuits include writing for the stage, screen, and television. He lives in a sometimes-sleepy village in Central New York.
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50 word searches shaped like the map of each state!! Learning about the USA is a game for kids with these entertaining puzzles. They introduce each state from Alabama to Wyoming, and the word list includes all things state-related. Plus there are 20 factoids about each state, including the capital, the biggest city, nicknames and mottos; state birds, flowers, and trees; famous natives, and other great stuff. For Alaska, keen-eyed youngsters will have to find McKinley (the highest point); Iditarod, for the dogsled race that takes place there; and Glaciers. Sunny Florida challenges young solvers to uncover the Everglades, Daytona Raceway, Kennedy Space Center, and Walt Disney World. Illinois is the Land of Lincoln, the Chicago Bulls, and the birthplace of jazz great Miles Davis. The facts are fantastic, child-friendly, and easy to remember. (It will probably even help them remember their geography lessons! But shhh—keep it a secret and the kids will never know.)
These puzzles are the best trip across the US a kid can take…without a car!