New York

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Children's Literature
New 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
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Similar to books in the "America the Beautiful" series (Children's Press), these titles cover standard facts: geography, history, government, economy, landmarks, and regions. They are attractively illustrated with clear maps, charts, and pie graphs. Photos and reproductions of original documents add to overall effectiveness. The texts are interesting while sticking to a strict series format. The fast-facts sections have most data required for basic reports, including the flag, sheet music for the state song, and a recipe. In these revisions of the 1997 editions, most illustrations were updated, but the original texts were only slightly reworked. There are several completely new sections, including the EPA battle over Zebra mussels in Illinois and the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Virginia. Population and economic charts and texts have been updated and pie charts have been improved to show percentages instead of just a shape divided into sections. Excellent additions for reports or general interest.-Sharon R. Pearce, Chippewa Elementary School, Bensenville, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7These attractive series titles provide standard state coverage: geography, history, government and economy, population, achievements (noteworthy individuals), and landmarks. A final section contains basic facts (nickname, motto, etc.) and interesting tidbits of information. Each author writes simply and with enthusiasm about her subject, making it clear that there is more to the state than its most famous city (cities). All three authors are guilty of hyperbole, and there are occasional unsubstantiated assertions posing as facts. Also, the rationale is unclear for deciding who to focus on as a notable personage in the texts as opposed to those mentioned in the brief section of state stars at the end. The good-to-excellent, full-color and black-and-white photos and reproductions are plentiful; however, they do not always correspond with the text. Some of the maps do not have adequate keys, making it difficult to figure out what a certain shading represents. Overall, these are not fatal flaws, and most collections needing to update their holdings will want at least their own state title, if not the entire set.Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761417385
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Celebrate the States Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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