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Children's LiteratureThis comprehensive nonfiction book about Lake Erie begins with an anecdotal accounting of how the United States gained control of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The young reader might be interested to know that Lake Erie is the 11th largest lake in the world. Also of interest would be the mention of the lake's early inhabitants, such as the Erie Indians, Neutral Indians, Iroquois Indians, and European explorers. The role of water highways, called canals, is discussed as is their impact on the development of industry in the neighboring states. A connection to society today is made through the section on lake pollution and its affect on people and the environment. Also included is information about landmarks such as Kelleys Island National Historic Landmark and Niagara Falls. An age-appropriate, hands-on game demonstrating how people living near the lake can help prevent pollution is featured. Text features include a glossary, related Internet sites, titles of other books on the same topic, fast facts, a table of contents, and an index. The illustrations are beautifully drawn pictures as well as color and black and white photographs. For information on the other Great Lakes, the other books in this series, "Land and Water" are great choices. This book would be a nice addition to a collection's geography section. 2004, Fact Finders/Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.
— Nancy T. Braverman