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Children's LiteratureEarly on in Uniquely Michigan, Thieda lets readers in on a secret: although Michigan's nickname is "the Wolverine State," scientists say that wolverines probably never lived there. (Recently, biologists did photograph at least one wolverine in Michigan, but they were as surprised as anyone else. Maybe that fact will make it into the next edition.) It is just one of the interesting facts that makes the book so readable. Thieda has plenty of material, given that the state is in two separate pieces, touches four of the five Great Lakes, has a unique type of soil found nowhere else in the country, and boasts the only national park that closes down during the winter. For a little-understood state, Michigan sure has a lot of firsts: it is the birthplace of Dow Chemical, breakfast cereal, baby food and the auto industry. Michigan grows more dry beans than any other state, and is second in celery production. And in the Henry Ford Museum, one of Thomas Edison's last exhaled breaths is on display in a sealed vial. Who knew? This interesting, quirky book is the kind of tome that kids might bring to the breakfast table, the better to announce arcane facts. But the kid will probably be forgiven if he reveals the recipe for Mackinac Island fudge. 2004, Heinemann Library, Ages 7 to 12.