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Scholastic Atlas of the United States
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Gr 3-5-This atlas is organized by region, then alphabetically by state. Each double-page state entry includes a nearly full-page, easy-to-read color map noting major towns, bodies of water, highways, hints of topography, natural resources, and national parks. Framing the map is a list of fast facts (nickname, capital, motto, population and rank, state flower, tree, bird, and sometimes fish) and a "Did You Know?" tidbit. The opposite page includes three paragraphs of text and small captioned photographs, charts, and maps, and a picture of the state flag. The information provided is minimal but should answer all the questions for those first reports on the individual states. Problematically, there is no introductory labeled map showing the entire U.S. However, there are useful appendixes with large, colorful maps depicting time zones, Atlantic and Pacific possessions, population density, major river systems, geographic regions, and territorial expansion. While a number of other resources including the Children's Millennium Atlas of the United States (Rand McNally, 1999) provide more substantive treatment of the topic, the Scholastic Atlas is a serviceable resource.-John Palmer, Bryan & College Station Library System, Bryan, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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