Children's Literature - Greg M. RomaneckSituated in the far northwest corner of the lower forty-eight states, Washington remains a bit of a mystery to many Americans. A state of sharp contrasts, Washington combines a varying landscape and climate with a fascinating demographic blend of citizens. In the eastern portion of the state, the land is dry, flat, and agricultural. The western portion of the state is filled with temperate rainforests, mountains, and coastal scenery. Throughout the state, Washingtonians can trace their heritage from varying ethnicities and diverse races. It is this mosaic of natural and human life that readers will encounter in this volume of the illustrated "Portraits of the States" series. Written in a concise and somewhat laconic manner, this text combines useful information, colorful illustrations, and an informative set of special interest stories to result in a useful package. Washington is a book that will be of value to teachers and students functioning at the elementary level.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-5-These titles are written in a more conversational tone, with larger print and less text, than the popular "America the Beautiful" books or "From Sea to Shining Sea" series (both Children's Press). The books are colorful and eye-catching, with captioned photos, easy-to-read charts, maps, and boxes containing "Fun Facts" and "Famous People." Although readers will find the asides interesting, the abundance of extra information on each page occasionally interrupts the flow of the text. One shortfall is that all four books cite Hispanics as a distinct group and a distinct percentage of the state's residents, but they do not appear as such on the population pie chart. Purchase where additional materials are needed for this audience.-Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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