The United States of America

The United States of America

by Millie Miller, Cyndi Nelson
     
 

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This book exhibits all of the diversity of the American states even as it ties the country into one awesome entity. The authors' inclusion of endangered species, biographical sketches on the famous Americans from each state, inventions, resources, records, and so much more make this a unique and multi-dimensional work. But it is the art and the treatment of the… See more details below

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This book exhibits all of the diversity of the American states even as it ties the country into one awesome entity. The authors' inclusion of endangered species, biographical sketches on the famous Americans from each state, inventions, resources, records, and so much more make this a unique and multi-dimensional work. But it is the art and the treatment of the information that makes this book so special. With a light-handed, fresh approach, and tremendous respect for their subject, the author-artists succeed in painting a truly beautiful portrait of America.

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Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Plenty of information is squeezed into this pleasantly designed volume in which the fifty states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC are each given an overview page. Facts such as principal products, interesting history, the state bird flower, insect, or tree, a local endangered species, motto, geographical features, and so on, are mentioned, labeled, or briefly discussed. Along the bottom border readers will find statistics--population, date of statehood, order of admittance to the union, and square miles. Topography, principal bodies of water and rivers are also noted. In addition to the overall format, hand lettering provides unity and most illustrations are colorful and lively. Helpful for classroom reference and research, this book also features an index under headings such as Agriculture and Industry, Colonial Times, Endangered Species, Geographic Attractions, and Landmarks. Not only is it a useful resource for the third or fourth grade classroom, it's also the kind of book children like to hover over and quiz each other (and patient parents) about.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This browser's scrapbook presents impressionistic portraits of the states arranged in alphabetical order with Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and a spread of state flags appended. A large, lightly labeled map provides the visual center for each page, around which are arrayed handsomely painted vignettes illustrating fact snippets that range from state birds, trees, and population (as of 1998) to prominent landforms, citizens, and endangered species. The states are all colored green, which gives the book visual unity at the expense of strict accuracy, and many of the facts have been pared down to dry generalities: "Pirates terrorized the Carolina coast in 1717-1718," "Homemade quilts, clothes, and furniture are traditional [in West Virginia]," etc. The method behind the authors' selection of information is sometimes unclear (only 17 Presidents are mentioned); the index, which includes a listing for "Paul Bunyon" [sic] and page references for 53 state birds, is of doubtful quality; and there are no lists of sources or resources for readers who want to find out more. Still, children compiling their own scrapbooks might start here.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439272599
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Series:
State-by-State Guide Series
Edition description:
UPDATED.
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 10.58(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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