Montana

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America is beautiful because its land and people are so varied ... 50 proud states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico ... each with its own history and heroes, landforms, and life-style. And now each has its own story told, its people profiled, its greatness celebrated, in one of the 52 volumes comprising America the Beautiful. The material covered corresponds to social studies curricula for grades 5 through 8. However, with their crisp, clear writing ... breathtaking, full-color graphics ... and ...
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America is beautiful because its land and people are so varied ... 50 proud states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico ... each with its own history and heroes, landforms, and life-style. And now each has its own story told, its people profiled, its greatness celebrated, in one of the 52 volumes comprising America the Beautiful. The material covered corresponds to social studies curricula for grades 5 through 8. However, with their crisp, clear writing ... breathtaking, full-color graphics ... and wealth of factual material, logically organized to invite easy reference ... these books are completely suitable for students from grade 4 through high school. In every book of America the Beautiful, the engagingly written text covers the geography, history, government, economy, arts, and recreation of the state, concluding with an exciting "tour" of significant sights. Then comes the remarkably complete reference section, usually over 30 pages and designed in a way that allows students to find easily the information they are looking for.

The reference section includes:
-- Facts at a Glance, including key statistics on all aspects of the state, conveniently arranged by subject
-- Important Dates, an outline chronology of the state's history
-- Important People, dozens of profiles of the state's leading historical and contemporary men and women in politics, commerce and industry, the arts and other areas; many of these notables are pictured
-- Map Section, a full-page political map of the state plus specialized maps graphically depicting topography, population, products, precipitation, counties, and major roads
-- Index of names, subjects, and illustrations.

Introduces the geography, history, government, economy, industry, culture, historic sites, and famous people of Arizona.

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Children's Literature
Montana'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
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- This contribution to the series presents the essentials generally required for school reports in a dry, nonanalytical way. Topics such as the land and people, history, government, economy, culture, and recreation are outlined with little reference to causes or effects. While several pictures are missing captions and an occasional error appears in the text (e.g., Heinrichs suggests that an official decision on wolf introduction into Yellowstone has been made when, in fact, the controversy still rages), the book presents an up-to-date and accurate picture of life in Wyoming. Maps, charts, full-color photographs, and a clear format make it accessible. A ``Facts at a Glance'' section summarizes the material included and, in fact, makes reading of the entire text unnecessary. Libraries needing current information for traditional reports on the states will find this to be a serviceable addition to their collections. It is unfortunate that the issues and questions that might hook children into the real meat of social studies and their importance to their own lives (e.g., how has treatment of American Indians in Wyoming been a reflection of national policies?) are simply not addressed here. --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780516004723
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Series: America the Beautiful Ser.
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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