School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-These titles use an "almanac" style to outline each state's history, people, land, economy, politics and government, and culture, etc. The books open with a page of "Fast Facts," including population statistics and the state motto, song, tree, flower, fruit, etc. A section of brief biographical sketches of famous native sons and daughters is appended along with a spread on events and attractions. The busy layouts throughout feature numerous sidebars, multicolored headings and captions, full-color photos, graphs, illustrations, and maps. Each chapter opens with a cited quote from a famous person from the state. While these dry texts provide compact sources of straight facts, titles in the "America the Beautiful" series (Children's) are far superior. Purchase only as additional resources for reports.-Kristina Aaronson, Henniker Community School, NH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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