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Using creative and entertaining types of activities such as games, puzzles and mazes, this series invites young readers into the fascinating world of geography. Each book focuses on a particular aspect of geography and relays interesting facts from the various maps used now and throughout history.
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Grade 4 Up?While these two volumes share many elements of format, their content makes them two distinct titles whose resemblance is mostly superficial. King presents a brief chronological survey of U.S. history, but the brevity renders the book all but useless as a reference resource. Any good text, encyclopedia, or narrative history such as Joy Hakim's superb "A History of US" series (Oxford Univ.) would better serve students, either for reports or as an introduction to U.S. history. What is more, for a series self described as "The First Facts" series it is weak not only in the depth and selection of factual content, but also in indexing that information. States is a bit more useful. It is organized in straightforward alphabetical order with a two-page spread for each state. Coverage includes a locator map; fact box listing the bird, flower, tree, derivation of state name, motto, title and authorship of state song, capital, population, area, and postal and traditional abbreviation; sidebar with a brief chronology and a selection of interesting but unpredictable facts; a three-paragraph description of the state (one paragraph always covers major industries and another the physical geography while the third varies depending on the state); one large (almost full page) and two small captioned photographs; a small illustration of the flag; and the state's nickname. However, given that all of this information and much more can be found in any good encyclopedia and most of it (and more) in an almanac, this title is strictly an additional purchases.?Stephen Del Vecchio, Family Academy, New York City
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First Facts About The States is an introduction to the history, geography, symbols, and culture of each of the 50 states, with timelines and maps for each state. Bulleted facts display information at a glance: state nickname, flower, bird, motto, and more. First Facts About the States is an invaluable resource for both the library and classroom. -- Midwest Book Review
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Book Description Scholastic, Inc, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0439227658
Book Description Scholastic, Inc, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110439227658