by Jean F. Blashfield

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Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
The nine chapters of this well-written book on the state of Iowa cover a wide range of topics. From the brightly illustrated table of contents to the variety of projects suggested at the end of the text, the book teaches about the state in an interesting fashion. The book opens with an illustrated map of Iowa, a box with quick facts, and a discussion of how the state may have gotten its name. Chapter One, like all the chapters, opens with its own brief list of contents on its first page. It then gives current and historical information about the state's topography, its plants, and its animals. Throughout the chapter, unusual words are pointed out, charts are given, unusual facts are highlighted, FAQ boxes are presented, "Mini-Bio" boxes introduce people important to the state and offer web addresses for further study, and other boxes suggest places to visit such as the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. The rest of the chapters follow a similar pattern and include "First People," "Exploration and Settlement," "Growth and Change," "More Modern Times," "People," "Government," Economy," and "Travel Guide." The section following the text, titled "Project Room," offers ideas for writing, art, science, technology, and math projects. It also explains the difference between primary and secondary sources, gives a timeline of Iowa and United States events, a glossary, seven pages of Iowa facts, a biographical dictionary, a list of resources, and an index. This book is part of "America the Beautiful. Third Series." Reviewer: Judy DaPolito

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Children's Press
Publication date:
America the Beautiful, Third Series
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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