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Tennessee (Land of Liberty Series)
     

Tennessee (Land of Liberty Series)

by Fran Hodgkins
 

Provides an overview of the state of Tennessee, covering its history, geography, government, economy, people, and culture. Includes maps, facts, and a timeline.

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Provides an overview of the state of Tennessee, covering its history, geography, government, economy, people, and culture. Includes maps, facts, and a timeline.

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Children's Literature
Country music, blues, the Great Smokies—it must be Tennessee! Capstone's "Land and Liberty" series (about the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.) covers the usual topics— geography and climate, state history and government, the people and their culture—but the slender volumes offer an overview rather than an opportunity to delve into the differences that make each state unique. Maps are restricted to two, one showing cities, the other charting major geographical features. Since the text consists of short, declarative sentences, fluent readers may find it less than appealing; illustrations in this volume are clear color photos, the most striking of which shows blues clubs on Beale Street in Memphis. Author Hodgkins rightly focuses on the state's musical heritage: country music, bluegrass, blues, gospel, and rock (especially Elvis Presley and Graceland); the politics chapter highlights Andrew Johnson and Al Gore. Since the history section is so brief, important topics like the Cherokee, TVA, the famous Monkey Trial, and the struggle for civil rights get very abbreviated coverage. Middle readers will enjoy a sidebar on ducks at the Peabody Hotel and a recipe for stack cake made with Tennessee apples, offering a possibility for classroom cooking. Special features include an almanac (facts about the state), a short timeline, a glossary, and a bibliography, which, unfortunately, does not list works of fiction that might enrich understanding of the history and people of Tennessee. Compared to some others, the price of this series is modest, but so is its usefulness. 2004, Capstone, Ages 9 to 13.
—Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736821995
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Land of Liberty Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.72(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 4 Years

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Fran Hodgkins is the author of The Orphan Seal, winner of the Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, presented by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This is Fran Hodgkins's first Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book. She lives in Maryland.

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