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Children's LiteratureMontana's wide open spaces have earned it the nickname Big Sky Country according to this volume in the "This Land is Your Land" series. The book, organized into several easy to use sections, describes the state's history, covering its Native American population and early European explorers such as Lewis and Clark. The section on work describes Montana's extensive mining industry that unearths copper, silver, gold, and coal. The section on "Getting to Know Montanans" describes the festivals and rodeos popular with the state's small population. Another section describes many of the books and stories that have been inspired by Montana. A section on exploring encourages young travelers to visit the Lewis and Clark trail, Montana's parks, and museums. The back of the book provides important dates, a glossary, interesting facts, state symbols, recipes, the state song, brief biographies of famous Montanans, and a listing of books, websites and addresses for more information. This is a must have for any school library. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Marcie Flinchum Atkins