CHICAGO, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. states in their rich and rugged glory are the focus of Discover America, a 51-volume reference set just published by Encyclopaedia Britannica. Made for students in grades three and up, the set devotes an entire volume to each state, celebrating its distinctive people, culture and history with striking photography, expert articles, and fact-filled special features. It's a comprehensive source of information for reports, library research and classroom projects and an engaging way to learn about America. Though organized in a consistent fashion from one volume to the next, the set nevertheless treats each state with the uniqueness it deserves. From the Maryland volume, for example, one learns that residents of the state's Eastern Shore call small clams "little nicks" and say they're "taut as a tick" after eating a large meal. "States are the foundation of American civilization and government," said Michael Ross, senior vice president with Encyclopaedia Britannica. "Students learn so much from studying their own states and others, and these books will make it exciting and fun." Features include: Detailed coverage of every state -- Photos, statistics, maps and flags accompany articles on history, geography, government, culture and economics. Research tools and learning aids -- A glossary, index, Web sites and bibliographies aid research. Quizzes and "Quick Fact" sidebars reinforce what readers learn. Curriculum alignment -- Information follows guidelines of the National Council for Social Studies on themes such as Culture and Production, Distribution and Consumption. Fact Book -- This final volume synthesizes and expands on the coverage of individual states. It's packed with current "Top 10" lists, maps and charts about the United States. More information is available at http://corporate.britannica.com/library/print/bda.html . Schools and libraries may call 1-800-621-3900 or go to http://www.eb.com for more information. Consumers can go to http://www.britannica.com or call 1-800-323-1229. Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. has been a leader in reference and education publishing since 1768. The company is known for the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica and its pioneering work in electronic publishing, including the first encyclopedia on the Internet. Its products include Britannica Online School Edition and other digital products; and printed products such as My First Britannica. Britannica makes its headquarters in Chicago.
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