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Children's LiteratureRhode Island is the smallest state in the United States. It may be small, but it was the first state to break away from the British and among the earliest to promote religious freedom under the leadership of Roger Williams. Today it has become a tourist destination for visitors because of the state's natural beauty. Readers will learn about the people and their backgrounds, the land, the economy, the government, the culture and lifestyles, and a bit about some of its notable residents. The text is well-written, concise, and easy to follow. Full color photos, drawings, black and white photos complement the text. A timeline compares events in the United States and those in Rhode Island. Additional features include a table of contents, maps, charts, a list of books for further reading, Internet sites, and an index. The whole layout of the book helps to create the sense that the reader is visiting the state. It is a great addition for the classroom and school library and will assist in report writing, class projects, and/or study units. It is also an excellent choice for individuals, those who homeschool their children, and future geographers. This book is part of the "World Almanac Library of the States" series. 2003, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.