North Carolina

North Carolina

by Ann Gaines

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School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Bright photos, appealing layouts, and readable information make this third edition an engaging series. Books are only minimally revised from the second editions, especially in chapter texts. They open with a pictorial "Quick Look" at the state's symbols, followed by an introductory overview and four chapters, which address its history, people, government, and economy, incorporating census-based population and ethnic group statistics. The most significant addition is increased coverage of early and current Native groups. Another new feature is the inclusion of illustrated "Ten Key" fact lists about locations, plants and animals, cities, people, and events. A detailed state map (with a skills quiz) can be found in the back matter. Report writers will find plenty of standard information, making these solid options for collections that don't have previous editions.
Children's Literature
This title, from the "It's My State!" series, is one of the best state books I've ever seen. While covering all the basic information such as geography, people, industry, government, history, famous people, etc., this book is actually interesting as well. It begins with "A Quick Look at North Carolina," the usual list of state tree, bird, flower, plus North Carolina's state dog, reptile and rock. Virtually all the illustrations are cropped with rounded edges, or in oval and circular forms that makes them seem friendlier to the reader. The illustrations are vibrant and impart a great deal of information all by themselves. A calendar of events details cultural observances and holidays celebrated in North Carolina, from the spring Azalea Festival to the October State Fair. Instructions are given for making a homemade doll and baking a sweet potato pie. The book appeals to students by looking at the state from a kid's perspective, which means it not only included things teachers will expect them to know, but information the students themselves will find interesting. The volume includes three maps; one identifying the state's position in the U.S.; another, in cartoon style, portrays the state's personality; and the third is a detailed state map. The book includes the state song, with musical score, suggestions for further reading, and an index. This is an excellent volume in a great series. If you've got a need, these are the state books for you. 2004, Benchmark Books, Ages 9 to 16.
—Sharon Oliver

Product Details

Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date:
It's My State! Series
Product dimensions:
7.84(w) x 10.72(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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