Juvenile

Welcome to the United States of America! The U.S.A. is the third largest country in the world, and one of the most beautiful. It is full of lakes and rivers, mountains and canyons, beaches and deserts. It has many different trees and flowers, and all sorts of different crops grown for use as food. And, of course, America has birds and animals of all kinds. Last, but not least, the United States has over 300 million people, from many different backgrounds and cultures. In this book you’ll meet five adventurous friends, Wandering Willy, Nosy Normie, Meandering Mickey, Sightseeing Susie, and Exploring Ellie. Together, they will help you learn about the land, cities, animals, and other wonderful things in each of the fifty states in the U.S.A. Along the way, you’ll also meet fifty other friends of theirs, each who will host one of the five friends and teach them (and you!) about his or her state. These fifty friends are very special! They are each named after the capital city of their state.
The exciting book of Friends and Mates in Fifty States, introduces eye-catching color palettes coupled with fun, imaginative stories that help children learn about the United States in an entertaining way. In addition, the new Friends and Mates in Fifty States provides helpful map quizzes and a composite poster for parents and teachers and features a helpful index. 
Enjoy the trip!

Ellen Weisberg is a cancer researcher at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Principal Associate in Medicine at Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA), with a doctorate in pharmacology. Ken Yoffe is a pediatrician (Billerica, MA). He also holds a doctorate in genetics. Publications include short stories and poetry published in PKA’s Advocate (bimonthly literary publication), The Writing Disorder (quarterly online literary journal and print anthology book), and Natural Solutions (holistic health magazine). They have also published several children’s books and a young adult novel (Galde Press and Chipmunkapublishing). Among their most recent publications are the anti-bullying NA novel, Angel Rock Leap (Waldorf Publishing, 2016), and the new Friends and Mates in Fifty States (Waldorf Publishing, 2017). They perform as part of a circus troupe that, through live acts and book donations, promotes bullying awareness and bystander intervention to Boys and Girls Clubs, retirement and nursing homes, and hospitals throughout New England. The anti-bullying children’s fantasy, Fruit of the Vine (Chipmunkapublishing, 2010), is being used as part of this show. Ellen and Ken live in Chelmsford, MA, with their daughter, Emily.