Britannica Fetes States in New Student Set; Discover America Has Complete State-by-State Information, Lavish Graphics

Jan 18, 2005, 00:00 ET from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

    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 .  Schools and
 libraries may call 1-800-621-3900 or go to for more
 information.  Consumers can go to or call
     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

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