C is for California

My kids have a new book, C is for California, from WestWinds Press. Twenty-six pages, starting with “A is for Alcatraz,” “B is for Beach” and “C is for Cinco de Mayo.” How many of the remaining pages can you name?

Warning: “V is for Central Valley.”

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Heard this during my 9-year-old’s recap of her day: “… role playing about the Stamp Act.”

    • Anonymous

      Occupy Boston Harbor?

  • http://www.facebook.com/scareduck Rob McMillin

    D is for desert

  • http://twitter.com/wdevil67 Scott Griffee

    If “D” isn’t for  for Dodger Stadium then that book isn’t worth the paper it is printed on!

  • http://twitter.com/Derek_TC Derek TC

    If the title is C is for California, why would they use Cinco de Mayo? I really need to start writing kids books…these authors are terrible.

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

       The book was compiled from a list of kids’ suggestions.

      • http://twitter.com/Derek_TC Derek TC

        lol, well, in a way it proves my point because this book, that was written from suggestions from children, is about equal to the ones written by adults….Then again, these suggestions still had to go through multiple adults before they were put on pages, so it really isn’t an excuse that it is based off of children’s suggestions.

        • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

           What exactly is the problem with using a “C” that’s different from the title?

  • http://www.onlytwopeople.com/blog Matt Worland

    Really? V for Central Valley? That really seems like cheating. Let’s try a few .  . .

    G is for Golden Gate Bridge?
    M is for Malibu? or Missions?
    R is for Redwoods?

    They should have just had V for Valleys in general, or Ventura.

    • Dave Alden

      Visalia?  Victorville?

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Matt is correct on R.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how the author approached the letter S.

    S - 

    is for San Francisco, San Clemente, San Isidro, Santa Catalina… 

    • http://twitter.com/Derek_TC Derek TC

      V is for Vin Scully.

  • http://twitter.com/Derek_TC Derek TC

    Jon, do a Dodgers version of this book. I would but am too lazy.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    New baseball post up top, but please continue to make your guesses here. 

  • Dave Alden

    D has to be Disneyland.  Although Dodger Stadium would have been a better answer.

    S is for sunshine?

    O is for oranges?

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Dave nails D and O in one shot. 

  • Dave Alden

    H = Hollywood?

    S = Surfing?

    I guess I’m playing alone.  Everyone else seems to have wandered away.

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

       I’m still paying attention …

      • Dave Alden

        It might just be you and me.

        P = Pacific Ocean?

      • Dave Alden

        S = Sierra Nevada?

        • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

           Nope.

      • Dave Alden

        M = Movies?

      • Dave Alden

        S = Silicon Valley?

      • Dave Alden

        A = Avocados?

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Some of them are hard, but you guys are missing some easy ones.

  • Jon Weisman

    I gave you A!

    • Dave Alden

      Oh yeah, good point.  But I like avocados better.

    • Dave Alden

      L = Los Angeles? 

      And with the final guess, I’m calling it a night.  Thanks for the late night game of “Are you smarter than a fifth-grader?”

  • Jon Weisman

    Yes on L!

    • Dave Alden

      So I got O, L, and D.  Perhaps that explains why I feel old this evening.  I look forward to learning the missing letters tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    Z is for San Diego Zoo. 

  • Jon Weisman

    Yes on Z

  • Anonymous

    E is for earthquakes
    F is for freeway
    G is for gold rush
    I is for  Inland Empire
    M is for Mojave Desert 
    P is for Pacific Coast Highway
    Q is for Queen Mary
    S is for Stanford :-)
    U is for Universal Studios
    V is for Vineyards
    Y is for Yosemite

  • Jon Weisman

    Yes on E, G and Y

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    K is for Knott’s Berry Farm.
    M is for Malibu.

  • Anonymous

    M is for mountains
    W is for Walk of Fame

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

       Nope on the overnight guesses.

  • Dave Alden

    If I tally correctly, we have A, B, C, D, E, G, L, O, R, V, Y, and Z.  And Jon gave us four of those.

    T = Tahoe?
    S = San Francisco Bay?
    W = Wine? (Perhaps inappropriate for a children’s book, so maybe Wine Country)
    U = University of California?

  • Anonymous

    P is for Poppy?
    S is for Sacramento? or Sequoia?
    Q is for Quail?

  • Anonymous

    M for movies or movie stars?

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Dave got T.
    Ghost got P, Q and narrowed it down on S – Sacramento.

    • Anonymous

       Poppy? Of all the P’s in California? Wow.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    You need F, H, I, J, K, M, N, U, V, W, X.

    A few of those are gettable; after that, I’ll reveal the rest. 

    • Jack Dawkins

      F = Fresno
      H = Humbolt
      M = Mission
      N = Napa
      U = Universal studios
      K = Killer Whale

      Hard to think like a kid on these.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Jack gets N  – Napa Valley

    • Jack Dawkins

      Just hit me

      F has to be Freeway

  • Anonymous

    F = fun, fire, freeway, or forty-niners

    H =  hills (surprised its not Hollywood) or high tech
    I = Ice cream, or Irvine
    J = Japantown (for those Bay area residents)
    K = Kerntucky, or Kiwis (grown in the northern central valley)
    M= Mission, movies or Monterey
    N= nothing, or nuts
    U= Universal Studios
    V= Central Valley
    W = west coast, wildlife, or (San Diego) Wild Animal Park

    X= x-box

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

       M is Monterey Bay Aquarium – close enough :)

  • Anonymous

    F=Forests
    H=Hollywood
    I=Indio
    J=Junipero Serra
    X=X-Men
    W=Water

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      You’re on the right track with W. 

  • Anonymous

    K= Knott’s Berry Farm

    Amusement parks seem to be popular

  • http://twitter.com/DodgerBlueOPJ Omr PrzJrz

    F is for San Andreas Fault?

  • Anonymous

    X=X Games?

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

       Also on the right track here.

  • Anonymous

    X = X Games

  • Anonymous

    F=Fabulous Forum

  • http://twitter.com/DodgerBlueOPJ Omr PrzJrz

    H=Hearst Castle, X=Xanadu, W=West Coast

    • http://twitter.com/DodgerBlueOPJ Omr PrzJrz

      sorry, Xanadu makes no sense. Strike that.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    SaMo gets J with Father Junipero Serra. 

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Omr, yes, H is Hearst Castle.

  • Dave Alden

    I = Indigenous people/Indians?

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    I think we’re down to F, I, K, U, W, X.  As soon as someone gets F I’ll reveal the rest. 

  • http://twitter.com/DodgerBlueOPJ Omr PrzJrz

    F is for San Fransisco

  • Anonymous

    f=Franchising, you know, because kids love McDonalds.  

  • Anonymous

    W=Waterparks?  
    Water rights?  
    Water skiing?
    Waterworld, a film so old that no kid born after 1999 has even heard of it?  

  • Anonymous

    K=Kiss, the screen version, not the Gene Simmons version.
    As long as it’s not Kardashian, I’m ok with being wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I= In-n-out Burger

  • Nathan Cash

    W = Mt. Whitney

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V6YVIQ23C7JXUQ53X2WITQCE5M David

    F = forest fires
    I = imagination
    K = Krispy Kremes
    U = umpire
    W = waterfall
    X = X-Factor

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    OK, you’ve all suffered enough:
    F: Fisherman’s Wharf
    I: Indigenous people
    K: King’s Canyon
    U: Ursus Californicus
    W: Wind (don’t ask)
    X: eXtremes

  • Anonymous

    I should have guessed Fisherman’s Wharf, Kings Canyon (its not far from here as the crow flies), and maybe California Grizzly, but I wouldn’t think that kids would know scientific names!   Those Santa Ana winds can wreak havoc, that’s probably why it’s on there.

    • Anonymous

      King’s Canyon makes sense, but the others all bite.  Everywhere has indigenous people. . . well, except Antarctica.

    • Dave Alden

      I like Ursus Californicus and am unhappy I didn’t think of it.  Of course, it’s the mascot of my alma mater.

  • Anonymous

    Why quail?  I gather there’s something called a California Quail, but is it so special?  Aren’t there California versions of other animals?  Or was Q just too hard to come up with anything else, like ex-Dodgers who play for the Rangers?

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

       It’s the official state bird.