by Shawndra Shofner

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Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed
"This Land Called America" series features the history, people, attractions, and natural resources that make each state unique. Colorful photographs with basic text are somewhat overshadowed by smaller print for the actual size of the book. Even captions are tiny; also, a running timeline with major events are given at the bottom of pages but can easily be overlooked. As an introduction to state facts with thirty-two pages, however, the bright layout draws a reader into local heritage and culture from the state's founding through the present time. Some of the photographs depict original artifacts as well as modern events and landmarks. Students can begin to research a variety of fascinating stories about Illinois as Shofner imparts them with lively descriptions. By exploring a state's origins and how the state appears in today's society, the book covers the entire state. Section titles include "Early Illinoisans," "The Prairie State," "Great Migrations," and "Midwest Marvels." There is a basic topographic map with several Quick Facts, a bibliography, and an index. Since the series includes some of the famous people and events from every state, American heritage can be examined, shared, and celebrated in many ways by those just curious or by a more serious explorer. Perhaps for reluctant readers, incorporating shorter books like these would be worthwhile as read-alouds and for additional study. As beginning resources for fluent, independent students, the series ignites a variety of interests during many time periods about every state in the U.S.A. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed

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Creative Company, The
Publication date:
This Land Called America Series
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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