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Children's LiteratureA volume in the "State Shapes" series, this book stands out more for its interesting shape than the information contained within. Indeed, the book is shaped much like the state of Minnesota, with a reinforced cover. The format of the book gives us a tour guide, a young boy named Scott who is showing his visiting friend Elsa around his home state. Much of the text is delivered in a question-and answer format, as Scott takes Elsa around the state. The format is interesting and highly readable, but lacking in organization. Information is presented on Minnesota history, natural resources and the many lakes that give the state its nickname. Some interesting information is presented on famous people from Minnesota, including Governor Jesse Ventura (who's depicted in his cartoon saying, "I ain't just no wrestler"). However, the author identifies Laura Ingalls Wilder's first book as Little House in the Big Tree and states that the story is set in Minnesota. Little House fans will know instantly that not only is the book titled Little House in the Big Woods, it is set in Wisconsin. Wilder does not write about Minnesota until her fourth book, On The Banks of Plum Creek. This glaring and easily checked mistake makes a reader question the validity of the book's information. All of the illustrations are cartoon-like, with no photographs or detailed map of the state. There is no table of contents, glossary or index. Your library only needs these books if you have extra money to spend and you want a book that looks cool. 2002, Black Dog & Leventhal, Ages 8 to 12.