by Jean F. Blashfield

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Children's Literature
An entire book about any one state may seem at first glance to be a bit much, especially when that state is as small as Delaware. Who will read it, for one thing, except third or fourth graders who study their own states as part of their social studies curriculum? But from the haunting photograph on the front cover to the photo/biography of the author on the last pages, this book is full of surprises—at least surprising to those of us who did not live in Delaware as children, and therefore never studied this second-smallest state. During Colonial times, Delaware actually consisted of three counties that belonged to Pennsylvania. When the Colonies decided to separate from Britain, Delaware's government decided to separate from Pennsylvania. The thirty delegates from the new State of Delaware were the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. In eight more chapters, Blashfield discusses the state's past history and present situation, its government, people, and industries, and how its population spends its leisure time. She brings her excitement to the printed page. She includes a timeline, "fast facts," and an extensive index, and a list of books and web sites so that interested readers can "find out more." Part of the "America the Beautiful" series. 2000, Children's Press/Grolier, $33.00. Ages 8 to 15. Reviewer: Judy Silverman

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
America the Beautiful Series
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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