Easy-to-read text covers major state symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Generally, a map or photo faces a right hand page of information written in short paragraphs. Photos are current and simple, featuring the animal, flower, or famous building, with a modest caption. The series has been updated to reflect new census data but otherwise duplicates the earlier editions. A concluding page features three "Places to Visit," to give readers a sense of what features or sites the state is proud of or known for (Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial honoring the 168 people who died in the Murrah Building bombing). In the end matter, other factual nonfiction books are recommended, a glossary rounds up five or six specialized words, an omnibus website managed by the publisher gives access to further facts, and a very short index is included. The series encourages report writers to locate information quickly and the layout makes comparisons among states easy. This book is a good beginning resource for highlighting a state and its features. 2003 (orig. 2000), Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 11.
Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
Gr 3-5-Each symbol is covered in two to four paragraphs. The authors give a little about its history, when it was adopted, and why it is significant to its respective state. The books will not serve students who are expected to include information about the climate, natural resources, or other topics in their reports, but they are nice additions for what they do. Simplified maps show only locations mentioned, and not necessarily the largest or most important cities. Census figures have been updated in these revised editions.-Sharon R. Pearce, Chippewa Elementary School, Bensenville, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.