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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Portraits of the States" series, this book introduces young readers to the history and present times of Massachusetts. Each chapter is just a few pages long and includes sidebar text, pictures, and graphics to help students discover information about the history, people, economy, and government of Massachusetts. The text is age-appropriate; unfamiliar words are defined in a glossary at the back. Colorful photographs and reproductions of famous artwork depicting events, such as the Boston Tea Party, further enliven the text. The book also includes maps, charts, and graphs that are easily accessible to young readers. Readers who want more information are guided to additional books and Web sites. 2005, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 9 to 12.
—Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger