Children's LiteratureAs part of the "Rookie Read-About Geography" series, this title is ideal for young children wishing to learn something about this southwestern state without having to wade through too much detail. Children are introduced to the state visually by looking at a map of the United States and seeing where Arizona is located. The key elements of the state are discussed such as the climate, native wildlife, state bird and vegetation which, of course, includes the cactus. One of America's jewels, the Grand Canyon, is described with accompanying photographs and a bit of background history so that children can understand how the canyon was formed and how long it took to become what it is today. Readers are also introduced to fossils and the Native American civilizations that once lived there. This makes a nice transition into the Arizona of today, where the author touches on the types of housing prevalent in the area as well as the types of industry that are critical to the employment of Arizona's residents. The format of this book is easy to read and the photographs are visually interesting, making this an ideal book for very young elementary-aged children; however, older children might find it lacking in detail. 2004, Scholastic, Ages 4 to 6.