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Children's LiteratureThis serviceable title is clearly organized and includes the usual state information like bird, seal, flag, maps, important people, government, history, geography, economy, etc. There is an index, and useful web sites and print resources. Although lacking a timeline, the book has a calendar of events, and a list of important dates. Photographs and graphics are brighter and livelier than those in earlier Children's Press state titles. An appealing feature is the colorful photos of children. Extra facts are highlighted in bold colors. The book does a good job of encapsulating hundreds of years of history. There is a recipe for apple pudding, and instructions for making a quill pen and "old-looking" paper. Students should find the book useful for reports. A few sections needed more clarification. The Civil Rights movement was given short shrift; the Native American genocide was glossed over; and there was no mention of French assistance at the Battle of Yorktown. The book falsely states that Nat Turner's revolt was the only slave uprising in America. Oddly, the author claims that the Centers for Disease Control is in Alexandria, Virginia rather than Atlanta. But, in general, for those looking for a jazzier update to earlier series titles, this offering will fill the bill. It is part of the "It's My State" series. 2005, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 9 to 11.