Texas

Texas

by Barbara A. Somervill
     
 

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What's tall in Texas? Big Tex! This iconic statue is more than 50 feet tall and has been displayed each year at the State Fair of Texas since 1952. America the Beautiful, Third Series, completely updates all 3,537,441 square miles of the United States and thousands of years of history-making it the perfect resource for class assignments! Look inside for:

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What's tall in Texas? Big Tex! This iconic statue is more than 50 feet tall and has been displayed each year at the State Fair of Texas since 1952. America the Beautiful, Third Series, completely updates all 3,537,441 square miles of the United States and thousands of years of history-making it the perfect resource for class assignments! Look inside for: Updated State History, Geography, Government, People, and Economy Facts and Stats, Charts, Graphs, Maps, Timelines, and Traceable State Symbols for School Reports, "Wow Factor" Fun Facts, Faqs, and Travel Guide, A Project Room that's Packed with Ideas for Classroom Assignments

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
This title is part of the "America the Beautiful, The Third Series"—and beautiful it is in this super collection from Scholastic. Compared with the competition, these books are longer, more comprehensive in content, more reader-friendly, and offer eye-catching illustrations, maps, and appealing extra features. This title begins with a look at the land (check out a photo of the bright yellow rainbow cactus) and proceeds with several lucid chapters focusing on native inhabitants, Spanish conquest and exploration, and, in 1821, Mexican independence. Somervill explains the settlement of this Mexican territory by empresarios, including Stephen Austin, and the gradual takeover by Anglos, leading to a Republic of Texas and a war with Mexico. (Commendably, she explains that some Americans, including Abraham Lincoln, condemned the war.) Texas became a state in 1845, and the early years are depicted with period prints which provide glimpses of cowboys, cattle, cotton bales, and a sharecropper. Discovery of oil changed Texas forever, as did the Depression and World War II, while citizens made and lost fortunes, moved to the cities, and mechanized farming. Readers will learn something about segregation, the fight for civil rights, and progress made under Texan President Lyndon Johnson. Today Texas has a multicultural population, reflected in the enjoyment of a wide range of music from country and blues to tejano. (Oddly, there is no discussion of any Texas symphony orchestra.) Writers include poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Louis Sachar (Holes), while sports teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Rockers thrill fans. Report-writers will love the Texas menu with a recipe for Texas chili. Especially helpful are a history timeline, mini-bios (looking as if a snapshot is paper-clipped to the page), a Travel Guide including destinations from all sections of the state, and suggestions for art, writing, and science projects. Fact pages offer lists of Texas's natural areas, museums, and a biographical dictionary, making this beautifully produced volume an outstanding source for anyone investigating Texas. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531229187
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
America the Beautiful, Third Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,252,497
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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