Young People's Atlas of the United Statesby James Harrison
Youngsters will embark on an exciting and educational journey of the United States with this information-packed atlas. Each state is profiled in a double-page spread which features information on geography, history, major cities, people, industry, and agriculture. Fact boxes give important statistics and show eash state's flower, bird, and tree. 500+ photos & illustrations.
“I asked my 9-year-old to comment on this atlas. Here are his remarks: 'It's informative, it's easy to use, and it gives lots of facts. I like the way it's divided into sections on the whole US, then groups of states, then the states themselves.' Now if I might add my two bits: the introduction is aimed right at the intended readership, as is the guide to using the book. In each double spread, the eye is drawn to the attractive map, and to the boxed facts about each state, flag on top, right where it should be. User-friendly and (dare I say it?) cool.” Children's Literature
“This book consists of double-page spreads showing the U.S., six regions of the country, and each individual state. Oversize pages emphasize text and pictures; the relief maps occupy one-half page or less. The maps show interstate highways, major rivers, large cities, and significant natural features. The distance scale of each map is given in miles and kilometers . . . A small relief map of the U.S. shows the featured state in red. State birds, trees, and flowers are pictured, and the fact box lists such items as capitol, area, population, statehood date, highest point, motto, and title of state song. State nicknames are used as running heads on the pages of the book A brief essay of two or three paragraphs in length discusses the state's location, history, economy, natural phenomena, and cities. Also included for each state are captioned pictures or drawings of persons, events, or features important to the area. For instance, the New Jersey entry highlights the Atlantic City boardwalk, the Delaware River, Bell Telephone Laboratories, the opossum, the Meadowlands, Batsto Mill, and Princeton University . . . The index includes entries for the place-names from the maps, as well as for some of the information in the text This is an attractive, browsable source, with inviting page layouts that will appeal to students from the fifth grade up . . . The authors are writers and editors, rather than geographers . . . Much of the information typically available in atlases is not here, for example, maps of population, climate, economy, products, natural resources, or an overview of geography. The Young People's Atlas is similar in format and price to both the Rand McNally Children's Atlas of the United States and the Doubleday Atlas of the United States of America, although [this book] contains more information than Rand McNally, more pictures than Doubleday, and is written for a somewhat older audience than either of those.” Booklist
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- 1st ed
- Product dimensions:
- 10.63(w) x 13.71(h) x 0.71(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 11 Years
Meet the Author
James Harrison is an experienced children's book editor and writer who has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the rest of the world.
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