Gr 5-8-These new editions reflect changes that have occurred within the past 10 years, but the basic format of the series is the same. Each book opens with a set of quotes from famous authors and past residents and concludes with brief biographical profiles of the "state stars." Additional video and Web site references have been added. There are now complete chapters on government and the economy. Other new features include maps of the state's counties and population centers, as well as a chart showing a breakdown of its workforce. The sections on recipes, folktales, and the state song have been retained. All of the photographs are new and are in full color. This series is similar in scope to the "World Almanac Library of the States" series (Gareth Stevens). Both have high-quality photos, but the World Almanac books seem cluttered because so much information is packed into each page. Well researched and comprehensive, these books will be excellent for reports.-Polly L. Kotarba, Gordon Elementary School Library, Bellaire, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.