Coloradoby Sara Bledsoe
This book covers the state of Colorado from the point of view of a trip around the state with special sections on the famous people in the state.
Children's LiteratureEach entry in the "Hello USA" series is similar in format with four narrative sections covering the land, history, people and economy, and the environment. A fifth "All About..." section includes fun facts (skeptics will wonder if Mike the Headless Chicken really could live for 18 months without a headbut it's true), state song, a recipe (a Denver omelet), historical timeline, outstanding citizens with pictures and short bios, places to visit, annual events, state wildlife, and an annotated bibliography of school resources and fiction set in the state. A political map showing the principal cities and national forests faces a physical map of geological regions, elevation and other features. A later map indicates principal products but would benefit from being superimposed on a political map so readers see the connections between, for example, manufacturing and large cities, or mining and the Rocky Mountain range. Illustrations include archival material, paintings, current and old-time photographs and maps. Separate short stories include one about the Silver King mine and Horace and Baby Doe Tabor and another about the Sand Creek Massacre. All in all, this is a useful, specific, varied and well-organized introduction to the state and one that will assist report writers, would-be tourists or the merely curious equally well. Endmatter includes web sites, a glossary and proper names pronunciation guide and an index. 2002, Lerner Publications, $25.26 and $6.95. Ages 9 to 14. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
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