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."
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
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
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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