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Children's LiteraturePart of the World Almanac's "Library of the States" series, this is a nicely put together book that is chock-full of information. Yet a number of factual errors mar the total effect, such as its referring to the "Inuit" of northern and western Alaska. That's a Canadian term; although some Alaska Natives do use it, most refer to themselves as either Inupiat Eskimos (northern) or Yupik Eskimos (western). On the same page, a photo caption identifies dancers as Eskimo, when they are in fact Indians from the Southeast. Some are errors of omission, such as the fact that pop songstress Jewel's extended family is a long-established one in the state; the book says that the singer's family "moved to Alaska when she was young." She may have been born in Utah, but the Kilcher clan has been in Alaska for a long, long time. And Alaskan hoops star Trajan Langdon left the NBA in 2001, a fact that should have been checked since athletes do get traded or retire on their own. Such errors are a real shame, because the book is very attractive and could be a useful reference work. 2003, World Almanac Library, Ages 8 up.
— Donna Freedman