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Children's LiteratureArizona is kwown for the Grand Canyon and for much more, as this volume in the "This Land is Your Land" series explains. The book is organized into easy to use sections. One of the early sections explains the state's best features. Subsequent sections includes two maps. One shows where Arizona sits in relation to the rest of the U.S. and the other is a detailed state map. There is a section that describes geographical features such as rivers, lakes, deserts, and forests. Then a section tells about the Native Americans who occupied the region before Spanish explorers laid claim to it. There are sections on Arizona's state and local governments as well as on common occupations such as mining, factory, farm and service jobs. "Getting to Know Arizonans" describes the ceremonies, festivals, and Native American crafts that are part of the state's culture. A section on exploring Arizona encourages young travelers to visit the Grand Canyon and other interesting sites. The back of the book provides important dates, a glossary, interesting facts, state symbols, recipes, the state song, brief biographies of famous Arizonans, and lists of books, websites, and addresses for more information. This is a must have for any school library. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Marcie Flinchum Atkins