Utah

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Utah is...an awe inspiring landscape. From its snowcapped peaks in the north to its red-rock canyons and windswept deserts in the south, Utah is ruggedly beautiful. People still visit Utah: mountain bikers searching for thrilling new trails, snowboarders and skiers enjoying the snow, families looking for happiness in an orderly suburb or a quiet country town. Sometimes called "the land no one wanted," Utah turns out to have exactly what many have sought.

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Overview

Utah is...an awe inspiring landscape. From its snowcapped peaks in the north to its red-rock canyons and windswept deserts in the south, Utah is ruggedly beautiful. People still visit Utah: mountain bikers searching for thrilling new trails, snowboarders and skiers enjoying the snow, families looking for happiness in an orderly suburb or a quiet country town. Sometimes called "the land no one wanted," Utah turns out to have exactly what many have sought.

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Children's Literature
Beginning with a brief introduction to the state of Utah and the typical statistics and general information, Stefoff transports young readers to Utah. Quotes from citizens of the state bring this reference book to life. Chapters about the geography, history, culture and travel follow with attractive photographs, maps, charts and even a recipe. This is a reader-friendly source of well-documented information about the state. Part of the "Celebrate the States" series. 2000, Benchmark Books, $35.64. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Rita Karr
Children's Literature - Kristina Cassidy
The "Celebrate the States" series provides an in-depth look at all fifty states. Each title includes chapters about geography, history, people, government, the economy, and notable landmarks of the state. While the books are understandably text-heavy, they provide ample photographs, art, and charts. The "State Survey" section at the end summarizes the entire book succinctly. The survey includes the state flag, seal, other state symbols, and the state song. More facts about geography are summarized, along with highlights of the state economy. A timeline of events, a list of famous residents, calendar of festivals and celebrations, and a tour of the state conclude the book. Information throughout is well organized and easy to understand. Students preparing a report on Utah will find a wealth of information here. The history chapter gives a solid overview of the founding and growth of Utah without shying away from the significant role played by the Mormon Church. However, it includes only two brief sections on life after World War II. A discussion of the state's very small minority population seems forced to mirror other books in the series. The geography chapter highlights the state's natural beauty, the interior sea of the Great Salt Lake, and Zion National Park. Utah is a worthy addition to any school or community library's reference section. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy
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Gr 4-8-These logically organized, and well-documented overviews present thorough and eye-pleasing information for reports. Each book begins with quotes from famous residents of the state, followed by sections on geography, history, culture, and travel. Interesting sidebars appear throughout the texts, commenting on endangered species, battles, or holidays. The state song and a recipe utilizing a state product are included. Numerous full-color photos, graphs, and maps extend the texts and contribute to the attractiveness of this series. While these books tend to promote a rosy view of the states, the material is reliable and easily accessible.-Kate McLean, DeKalb County Public Library, Tucker, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761440352
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Celebrate the States 9 Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Utah Is... 6

Chapter 1 Geography: A Land of Extremes 9

The Rocky Mountains

Basin and Range

The Colorado Plateau

Wild Utah

Sun, Rain, and Snow

Improving Air Quality

Chapter 2 History: "This Is the Right Place" 27

American-Indian Cultures

The Arrival of Europeans

The Mormons

Clashes over Land and Resources

Toward Statehood

A Young State

The War Effort

Land of Champions

A New Era

Chapter 3 People: Life in the Beehive State 51

The Mormon Heritage

From Europe to Utah

American Indians in Utah

African Americans in Utah

Asian Americans in Utah

Hispanic Americans in Utah

The State of Education

Chapter 4 Government: Land of Laws 69

Inside Government

A Political Pioneer

Protecting the Past

Taking the Initiative

Chapter 5 Economy: A Changing Economy 81

Living Off the Land

Going High Tech

Supporting the State

Destination Utah

Selling Goods Abroad

The Road Ahead

Chapter 6 Landmarks: Utah Road Trip 95

Around Salt Lake City

The Southeast

The Southwest

State Survey 109

Find Out More 139

Index 141

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