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Nevada

Nevada

by Rebecca Stefoff
     
 

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Nevada is... a state where American Indians have lived for thousands of years, adapting their ways of life to the resources it offered. European explorers and American pioneers, however, saw Nevada as a dry and dangerous obstacle to be crossed. Only when the land revealed its mineral riches did settlers come to Nevada. By the twenty-first century Nevada was America

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Nevada is... a state where American Indians have lived for thousands of years, adapting their ways of life to the resources it offered. European explorers and American pioneers, however, saw Nevada as a dry and dangerous obstacle to be crossed. Only when the land revealed its mineral riches did settlers come to Nevada. By the twenty-first century Nevada was America's fastest-growing state. As the population boom shapes the state's future, the influences of the land's pioneer past and of the land itself remain strong.

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The major categories for describing any state are included, here with a western flair. "Geography: Sagebrush and Sand"; "History: The Heart of the Golden West"; "People: Living in the Great Basin"; "Government: Keeping Nevada on Track"; "Economy: Casinos, Cattle and More"; and "Landmarks: Silver State Road Trip." The text is quite dense. Photographs and drawings (in both color and black & white) are scattered throughout, but many of them are small. Some of the maps and diagrams are helpful, while others are confusing. Two pie graphs shown on the same page and labeled "Ethnic Nevada" seem to present contradictory data. The map showing population density is keyed only to counties with no cities identified. The back matter is the most interesting and best-illustrated part of the book; it will likely be the part most used by students. It includes the state flag and seal, a listing of state facts, the music and words of the state song, geographic facts, a timeline, a list of products, a calendar of celebrations, biographies of "State Stars," a listing of tourist attractions, and a list of resources for more information. Since this appears to be a reference book that researchers will not read from front to back, it is unfortunate that the index is printed in very small type, making it difficult to find specific topics. From the "Celebrate the States" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Children's Literature
Part of the "Celebrate the States" series, this attractive volume combines many color and black-and-white photos and drawings, maps and diagrams with informative text to introduce readers to the geography, history, government, economy, culture, famous people and landmarks of Nevada, the Sagebrush State. The six chapters are quite long but interspersed with sidebars offering related facts, a Paiute legend, a recipe and a song. Material near the end of the book, which includes a state survey, pictures of the flag and seal, a timeline, calendar of events, places to visit, web site list and index, make the book especially useful for finding quick facts, as well as for more extended research and browsing. The book could be useful for reports as well as recreational reading. 2001, Benchmark Books, $35.64. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Gisela Jernigan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761447283
Publisher:
Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Series:
Celebrate the States 10 Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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