Did you realize that the first skyscraper was built in Illinois in 1885? Were you aware that Joliet Community College was the first institution of its kind established in the United States? Did you know that over 80% of Illinois is among the richest farmland in the world? These and many other interesting facts can be gleaned from this volume of the illustrated "Portraits of the States" series. Illinois is one of the Midwestern states, and is often overlooked by the national media who appear more intent upon focusing attention on either the east or west coasts. In Illinois, youngsters are introduced to a state, its people, cursory history, and a few demographic highlights in an easily accessible manner. After reading this short text, readers will have at least a first blush understanding of Illinois and the people who reside in that prairie state. They will also have a smattering of information about the geography, economy, and make up of one of America's heartland states. As such, Illinois is a sound introductory text for use in classrooms or libraries and a book that will provide basic information to its readers. 2006, Gareth Stevens, Ages 9 to 12.
Greg M. Romaneck
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Gr 4-7-Two slim histories that cover from early Native American settlement through the granting of U.S. statehood. Each title offers clearly organized information in four short chronological chapters. Black-and-white and full-color illustrations consist of maps and reproductions. Additional information is included in "Facts About" sections. Both volumes include brief annotated lists for further reading. These titles will be useful for history units in their respective states.-Janie Schomberg, Leal Elementary School, Urbana, IL HBOLDEN, Tonya. Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America. 128p. photos. reprods. bibliog. further reading. index. notes. CIP. Abrams. 2002. RTE $24.95. ISBN 0-8109-4496-0. LC 2001001353. Gr 6 Up-This noteworthy title looks at the African-American experience over the course of 300 years from a child's perspective. Throughout the volume Bolden incorporates a rich variety of primary sources, such as diaries, newspaper articles, letters, and other historical documents, providing richly textured, multidimensional viewpoints. This is a beautifully written book that succeeds in telling simple truths about being a black child in America. There are memories and reminiscences of slaves, autobiographical snippets from Paul Robeson, Dorothy West, and Margaret Walker, as well as autobiographical material from lesser-known individuals. The volume is generously illustrated with black-and-white photographs and full-color, quality reproductions of posters and paintings from artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner and Jacob Lawrence that capture the look and feel of particular times and places. This unique tribute should be made available to all young adults desiring a greater understanding of the African-American experience.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.