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Children's LiteratureA man named Caesar Rodney cast the deciding vote for Delaware to officially adopt the Declaration of Independence. Because of this, Delaware was the first state to enter into the union. Learn about the history of the European and Swedish settlers who settled the state and the important role the state played in our nation's independence. Other information describes the land—Delaware is on peninsula, the economy and industry. The name DuPont is synonymous with big business in chemicals and manufacturing. Readers will also learn about the government, the culture and lifestyles of its populace, and biographies of notable residents. The text is well-written, concise, easy to follow, and keeps the reader's attention. Full color photos, drawings, black and white photos complement the text. A timeline compares events in the United States and those in the state of Delaware. Additional features include a table of contents, maps, charts, a list of books for further reading, Internet sites, and an index. The whole layout of the book helps to create the sense that the reader is visiting the state. It is a great addition for the classroom and school library and will assist in report writing, class projects, and/or study units. It is also an excellent choice for individuals, those who homeschool their children, and future geographers. This book is part of "World Almanac Library of the States" series. 2003, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.