Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
Presents information about the state of Florida, its nickname, motto, and emblems.
Children's LiteratureEasy-to-read text covers major state symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Generally, a map or photo faces a right hand page of information written in short paragraphs. Photos are current and simple, featuring the animal, flower, or famous building, with a modest caption. The series has been updated to reflect new census data but otherwise duplicates the earlier editions. A concluding page features three "Places to Visit," to give readers a sense of what features or sites the state is proud of or known for (Kennedy Center, Everglades, and Walt Disney World). In the end matter, other factual nonfiction books are recommended, a glossary rounds up five or six specialized words, an omnibus website managed by the publisher gives access to further facts, and a very short index is included. The series encourages report writers to locate information quickly and the layout makes comparisons among states easy. This book is a good beginning resource for highlighting a state and its features. 2003 (orig. 2000), Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 11.
Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library JournalGr 3-5-These titles provide basic information for reports. Each one has excellent color photos of the state seal, symbol, bird, tree, etc., as well as little-known symbols such as state hero (Connecticut) and state soil (Florida). However, the only map in each book is very general and highlights only three major cities, the capital, and three places to visit. These revisions of the 1999 editions include more recent population figures, and updated lists for further reading and Internet resources.-Doris Losey, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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