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VOYA
Civics just got easier-even interesting. The nine pencil-thin volumes that comprise this reference set are user-friendly. White space—a two-inch margin on each page—and crisp red and blue typeface draw readers to the text. Headings and subheadings clarify the flow of ideas. Especially helpful are cross-references to related material within that volume, the entire set, or the Internet that appear in the margins. In a uniform and uncomplicated style, the writers engage the subtleties of their material, conveying meaning as well as fact. Each volume individually examines a different sphere of government—legislative, executive, and judicial—and at each level—national, state, and local. The history and function of all levels of government appear in appropriate detail, but what makes this set more than usually appealing is its emphasis on people. What exactly does a sheriff, a legislative analyst, or a state auditor do? How might a reader become one? Willie Logan is a representative in the Florida House of Representatives. Check out his photo, read his "People Profile," and learn that he was mayor of Opa-Locka at age twenty-five. This reference treats an often-ponderous subject with both authority and finesse. In so doing, it succeeds well in achieving its stated purpose to encourage readers to understand the democratic process and get involved. It is a pricey but useful resource. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Charts. Further Reading. 2001, Grolier Educational, 864p. in 9 vols, /set. Ages 12 to Adult. Reviewer: Mary E. Heslin SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780717295579
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 864
  • Age range: 12 years

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