New Jersey

New Jersey

by Deborah Kent
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
No Jersey Shores denizens in this book! Veteran nonfiction writer Deborah Kent gives the history and relatively current view of New Jersey life truth, spirit and interest. The book, which is part of the "America the Beautiful" series, is filled with interesting tidbits in the long timeline of New Jersey history. A large portion of the book concerns early New Jersey life including abundant information about the Lenne Lenape tribes that populated the areas before settlers brought European diseases to these shores. While easy-to-cultivate soil earned the state the nickname, "The Garden State," the industrial history of the North Jersey is also explored. The state is praised for inventors such as Edison; artists and performers, from Walt Whitman to Queen Latifah; historical sidebars, such as the Hamilton Burr duel in Weehawken overlooking the Hudson; and the first baseball game in the Elysian Fields of Hoboken. Colored pictures, graphs, maps bring visual interest to the book, while extensive resources, current to 2008, will extend students' knowledge. Unfamiliar words are highlighted in the text and assembled in a glossary. There is also a comprehensive timeline ending with the events of 9/11 and the opening of Newark's Prudential Center in 2007. I would argue with the author's statement that people in South Jersey have southern accents (most sound like Philadelphians), but this is a small point. Pair this book with Thomas Yezerski's Meadowlands: A Wetland Survival Story for a real world view of the Garden State. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
Readers who can name the state that has a thirty-eight-foot long elephant probably would not need to read this book. For all others, this book in the “America the Beautiful” third series presents New Jersey in all its splendor, making readers want to take the next plane, train, bus, or taxi there. This is not your grandmother’s textbook of boring facts and statistics; it is created for engaging students, inquisitive readers, and lovers of United States history, but it could also easily be used as a textbook. It reveals everything about New Jersey: from how it was founded, to how it is governed, to how people live and play in the Garden State. Chock full of colorful photographs and images, the brief, yet succinct chapters will lure readers to explore the diverse attractions within the state, from farmlands to cities, to one of the most famous shores in the world. New Jersey has something for everyone. Also included are enticing quick facts, a plethora of projects to enhance classroom studies about this state, or just to do on your own, a glossary, a timeline, and a very thorough biographical dictionary of notable people who call New Jersey their home. Additional sources and a comprehensive index make this an educator’s dream of a resource. A welcome addition to any library. All nonfiction works should be this sparkling. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young; Ages 10 up.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531185643
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
America the Beautiful Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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