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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
This title is part of the"America the Beautiful, The Third Series"—and beautiful it is in this super collection from Scholastic. Compared with the competition, these books are longer, more comprehensive in content, more reader-friendly, and offer eye-catching illustrations, maps, and appealing extra features. This title begins with a look at the land (endangered Florida panthers and American crocodiles compete for prey with introduced Burmese pythons in the Everglades). Several lucid chapters focus on native inhabitants, rule by Spain and England, and three bloody Seminole Wars, which finally left the U.S. in control; Florida became a state in 1845. (A mini-bio tells the story of courageous Seminole leader Osceola.) Readers will learn that Florida remained relatively isolated until millionaire Henry Flagler built a railroad leading to the south—air-conditioning helped, too, as tourists and retirees flocked in to enjoy beaches and orange groves. Florida today has a multicultural population, including many immigrants from Cuba (whose political influence is barely mentioned); Floridians must now be seriously concerned with protecting their unique but threatened environment from hurricane damage, pollution, and development. Coverage is good for Florida writers (Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings), though while sports, actors, rock, and Latin music are mentioned, classical music and dance are ignored: oddly, there is no mention of the acclaimed Miami City Ballet and its founder, legendary dancer Edward Villella. Report-writers will love the Florida menu with a recipe for Key Lime Pie. Especially helpful are features like a history timeline, mini-bios, a Travel Guide including destinations from all sections of the state (Disney World, Kennedy Space Center, Daytona National Speedway), with suggestions for art, writing, and science projects. Fact pages offer lists of Florida's natural areas, museums, and a biographical dictionary, making this well-produced volume an outstanding source for anyone investigating Florida. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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America the Beautiful, Third Series
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Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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