New York (From Sea to Shining Sea Series)

New York (From Sea to Shining Sea Series)

by Kristin Cotter
     
 

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New York

If you like variety, come to New York, the state that has everything. The diversity of New York's landscape, from the fruit and dairy-producing valleys to the rugged peaks of mountain ranges, is matched only by the variety of people who live and work in New York, as well as visit, each day.

The first people came to the land

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New York

If you like variety, come to New York, the state that has everything. The diversity of New York's landscape, from the fruit and dairy-producing valleys to the rugged peaks of mountain ranges, is matched only by the variety of people who live and work in New York, as well as visit, each day.

The first people came to the land we now call New York about 10,000 years ago, and they have not stopped coming since. The Dutch settlers called it New Netherland, after their homeland. It was also nicknamed the Knickerbocker State, after the style of pants the Dutch wore, called knickers. In 1664, the name was officially changed to New York in honor of England's Duke of York. When George Washington came to New York, he saw the state as the beginning of a great new world. He called New York the "seat of a new empire," which is how New York's official nickname became the Empire State.

New York has always attracted people of different backgrounds. It's been said that, " If the United States is a melting pot, then New York makes it bubble." Read the story of this extraordinary state and its people, and you'll understand why they all love New York!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-These titles use an 80-page format instead of the 64 pages of the 1994 versions, and include explanations of the states' geography, history, government, and tourist attractions. All of the facts needed for standard state reports are here, with a few extras. For example, each book includes five types of maps, ranging from a standard physical map to a close-up of the capital city's downtown area. A clear flowchart describes the hierarchy of state government, while an "official" recipe adds a human touch. Numerous sidebars expand the text with information on "Famous Firsts," "Who's Who," and "Extra Extra" facts; others, entitled "Find Out More," encourage readers to continue researching these topics on their own. While the texts are more sophisticated than that of the basic sentence style used in the original series, they are quite readable (particularly Macaulay's), and technical terms, e.g., "tectonic plates," "drumlins," are generally explained in context. Occasionally, however, difficult words are used either without clarification (e.g., "harassed" in Delaware and "pliant" in New York) or are explained only in the glossary (e.g., "alluvial" and "antebellum" in Arkansas). Still, this happens minimally and does not significantly detract from the overall flow of the prose. All three authors try to include interesting tidbits that are sure to grab readers' attention. Well-chosen, full-color photos, drawings, and historical engravings appear in all three books. Both school and public libraries will welcome these appealing revisions.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780516224855
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/15/2001
Series:
From Sea to Shining Sea Series, #2
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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