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Children's LiteratureNew York is a state filled with contrasting climates, cultures, and environments. In the northern portions of the state, wilderness areas, mountains, and lakes abound. Along the coastline, cities, including New York City, abound and represent one of the largest commercial areas in the world. In central New York, farms and orchards cover much of the land. Additionally, the people who live in New York represent a wide spectrum of nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures. The story of New York, its history, terrain, and people is presented in this illustrated volume of the "Celebrate the States" series. Like other books in this secondary level series, New York includes chapters that detail the heritage, economy, governance, natural resources, and human diversity that are encompassed by this multifaceted state. Virginia Schomp, the author of this work, has a long list of prior publications in a variety of genres. A capable writer, one of Ms. Schomp's strengths is her ability to tell a balanced story without sinking into a didactic mode. That skill rings true in this book as the author touches upon troubling themes, such as poverty, racial intolerance, and environmental concerns without using too heavy a literary hand. Therefore, New York is a fine book and one that will educate and inform its readers. 2006, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck