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Children's LiteratureWashington, D.C. is not only the capitol of the free world, it is an interesting city too, explains this book in the "This Land is Your Land" series. The book features maps showing where Washington, D.C. is located in the United States and as well as a detailed map of the small city itself. One section describes the city's unique layout and another describes Washington origins on land donated by Maryland and Virginia. The author describes the city's local government, which governs under the watchful eye of a Congress that approves its laws and budgets. There is a section that describes occupations in the city, which include many government and tourism jobs. And another section describes many of the places in the nation's capitol to visit. The back of the book includes important dates, a glossary, interesting facts, city symbols, recipes, brief biographies of famous Washingtonians, and lists of books, websites, and addresses for more information. This is a must have for any school library. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Marcie Flinchum Atkins