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Children's LiteratureThis title, from the "It's My State!" series, is one of the best state books I've ever seen. While covering all the basic information; geography, people, industry, government, history, famous people, etc., this book is actually interesting as well. It begins with "A Quick Look at Colorado" that entails the usual list of state tree, bird, flower, plus Colorado's state fossil, animal and insect, with photographs. Virtually all the illustrations are cropped with rounded edges or in an oval or circular form that makes them seem friendlier to the reader. The illustrations are vibrant and impart a great deal of information all by themselves. A calendar of events is included that details some of the cultural events and holidays celebrated in Colorado, from Cinco de Mayo to the Rocky Mountain Country Christmas. Instructions are given for making Anasazi sandals and for baking peach cobbler. The book appeals to students by looking at the state from a kid's perspective, which means they not only included things the teacher will expect them to know, but information the students themselves will find interesting. The importance of Colorado's young citizens is shown by the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, an honor given to children who make outstanding contributions to their communities. The volume includes three maps: one identifying the state's position on the U. S. map, one that is illustrated in a cartoon-like manner depicting the state's personality, and one detailed state map. The state song, with musical score, is also included. Suggestions for further reading and an index are also provided. This is an excellent volume in a great series. If you have got the need, these are the state booksfor you. 2004, Benchmark Books, Ages 9 to 16.