Written in a friendly, interesting style, this book is chock full of information about New Hampshire. Its lively and personal tone will be engaging for both children and adults. The layout makes it easy to take everything in, with plenty of both color and black-and-white photographs, accompanied by a liberal sprinkling of quotes from writers, poets, historians and politicians. Chapters range from geography and history to people and achievements. There is a state survey in the back, with readily accessible facts, as well as a "Find Out More" section for further reading suggestions, and an index. Part of the "Celebrate the States" series, this book is much more than facts and figures; it reveals the richness and fascinating history of this New England state. It would be a refreshing addition to a social studies curriculum, with lots of potential for independent reading and research.
- Greg M. Romaneck
With a total population smaller than Chicago, New Hampshire sits among the New England states like a forested jewel. One of the Original Thirteen Colonies, New Hampshire continues to be a place to live that encompasses both rural and smaller-scale urban landscapes. Missing any large cities, New Hampshire is a state that even in this modern day and age possesses large tracts of untouched land. It is this singular New England state that Steve Otfinoski depicts in this volume of the illustrated "Celebrate the States" series. As with other books in this set, New Hampshire follows a format that includes chapters dealing with geography, history, people, government, economy, and landmarks. Throughout the text Otfinoski does a fine job of weaving together factual information with human interest. This combination, linked to the beautiful photography featured throughout the book, makes New Hampshire a valuable teaching/learning tool for younger readers engaged in the study of this region of the country Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck