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Have you ever visited New Mexico? Maybe you live there? Whichever it may be, you can learn some quick facts about New Mexico right here! Keep on reading. Joey and Jinger love learning cool quick facts about all of the different states in the United States. They would love me to share some of those cool facts with you! So, each and every Thursday, I will be posting quick facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week we posted facts about New Jersey. This week we are posting quick facts about New Mexico. The countdown is on, only 19 more states to blog about! Yippie!!
Did you know that New Mexico was the forty-seventh (47th) state to join the union? Yep, that is correct! New Mexico officially joined the union on January 6, 1912! New Mexico is located in the Southwestern region of the United States. New Mexico is bordered by four (4) states: Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arizona. New Mexico also shares a border with Mexico. New Mexico is the fifth (5th) largest state in the United States. New Mexico is one of the biggest states. There are about 2,115,877 people that live in the state of New Mexico.
New Mexico famous person alert:
Did you know that Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico? Neil Patrick Harris is a famous actor. He played a child doctor on the television series Doogie Howser, M.D.
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Quick Facts about New Mexico:
1. A few things New Mexico is known for are: the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, beautiful landscapes, and the Roswell incident. A few of the nicknames for the state of New Mexico are: the Land of Enchantment, the Spanish State, and the Land of Sunshine. The New Mexico state motto is Crescit eundo. Crescit eundo is a Latin phrase which means, “It Grows as it Goes”. The New Mexico state motto was adopted in 1913. The abbreviation for New Mexico is NM.
2. The capital of New Mexico is Santa Fe. Santa Fe officially became the capital of New Mexico in 1912. Santa Fe has an estimated population of about 84,418 people.
3. The New Mexico state bird is the Greater roadrunner. The Greater roadrunner was chosen as the state bird for New Mexico in 1949. The Greater roadrunner has some long legs for a bird. It comes from the cuckoo family of birds.
4. The New Mexico official state flower is the Yucca flower. The Yucca flower is a perennial shrub/tree that can be found growing throughout the state of New Mexico. The Yucca flower starts blooming during the early summer months. They are very beautiful flowers!! The New Mexico Yucca flower became the official state flower in 1927.
5. New Mexico’s current state flag was officially adopted on March 15, 1925. New Mexico’s state flag has a yellowish gold colored background with a red cross on it. The middle of the red cross is a sun symbol.
6. Some crops that are grown in New Mexico are: cotton, corn, hay, pecans, peppers, and wheat.
7. Some cool places to visit while in New Mexico are: the Turquoise Trail, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and the Bandelier National Monument .
8. Some animals that live in New Mexico are: Armadillos, bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, and the White-tailed antelope squirrel.
9. New Mexico can get very hot and very cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in New Mexico was 122 degrees Fahrenheit in Lakewood, New Mexico on July 27, 1994. The coldest temperature ever recorded in New Mexico was -50 degrees (50 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Gavilan, New Mexico on February 1, 1951.
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Books about New Mexico:
1. New Mexico by Michael Burgan
2. Exploring Countries New Mexico by Colleen Sexton
3. Hello, New Mexico! by Martha Day Zschock
4. All About NEW MEXICO by Bandana Ojha
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Tune in next week to learn some quick facts about New York! Thank you for reading my post!! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss
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I'm Mimi, the author of the JOEY SAVES THE DAY! book series. I love reading and writing. I homeschool my two youngest children. My 15-year-old daughter illustrated the books and will illustrate all the rest of them in the series. She started illustrating the series when she was 14 years old. She loves to draw. She is learning as she goes. Her dream is to one day be a famous illustrator and a fantasy book writer. Children and adults everywhere will love these books. The story and illustrations within the pages of the books will put a big smile on your face and your child will be delighted as you read them the books. The illustrations are adorable and the story is super cute. You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to own this collection of adorable books! All five of the books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, and Books A Million.
1. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT DAYCARE
Joey helps his friend Delilah feel happy by doing silly things to make her laugh at daycare.
2. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT MEMAW’S
Joey helps his Memaw find something she is missing and its right there in plain sight. Some of us have done this before!
3. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! THE MISSING TEDDY BEAR
Joey helps his sister find her missing teddy bear.
4. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! LOST AT THE ZOO
Joey 's father gets lost while they are visiting the seven continents at the zoo.
5. Santa's Rainbow Reindeer
Harry and Holly Jingles introduce us to Santa's Rainbow Reindeer. Learn about them one by one. This book is interactive.
6. Where, Oh, Where, Could My Dinosaur Be?
A little boy misplaces his stuffed dinosaur and needs your help to find it. Join the little boy on his hunt through his house to find his missing dinosaur. This book will stimulate your child's imagination. It will help teach them left and right learning and basic rhyming.