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Bennett, Clayton.
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Publication Information:
New York : Benchmark Books, 2001.
Physical Description:
144 pages ; 26 cm.
An introduction to the geography, history, government, economy, people, achievements, and landmarks of Montana.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.8 2.0 67237.
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Material Type
Home Location
Angola Public Library F731.3 .B46 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clarence Library F731.3 .B46 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Grand Island Library F731.3 .B46 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library F731.3 .B46 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library F731.3 .B46 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library F731.3 .B46 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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These are the stories of our many states, which together create a brilliant collage-one courageous and ever-changing nation, the first of its kind. Let's see the forests, prairies, deserts, mountains, rivers, and lakes through the eyes of the first people who came here, and trace the changes-good and bad-that we have made to the land. Let's listen to the voices. They tell us about the joys and heartaches of building both a community and a home. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Clayton Bennett is a writer who has visited Montana many times over the past twenty-five years

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Bennett often does a good job of bringing some of Montana's residents to life, but just as often he draws the state with broad brushstrokes that don't quite fill in the picture. The emphasis is on the facts-the state's map, seal, climate, statistics, and natural flora and fauna. History fills only 20 of the 144 pages and shows Montana in the context of the entire United States. Lewis and Clark, whose journey is being celebrated across the state for the next few years, scarcely merit a page, and the Battle of Little Bighorn is fought in a paragraph. For all the parts the author doesn't get quite right, however, there are many places where this book shines. Bennett shows the importance of Native Americans, women, the Chinese immigrants, and many other workers in the creation of this state. The photographs and illustrations are clear, often historical. Quotes from all sorts of Montanans bring life to the text, and there is a prominent section of famous residents from all walks of life, including artist Charles Russell, Evel Knievel, and Jeannette Rankin. The book also includes a tour of the Treasure State. All in all, it's a serviceable addition to any library's shelf of state books.-Susan Marie Pitard, formerly at Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Montana is...p. 6
1 Geography: Tall Peaks, Big Skyp. 10
The Rocky Mountains
The Great Plains
Wild Things
Winter and Summer
People on the Land
2 History: Past and Presentp. 30
Native American Life
Changing Hands
Traders and Trappers
Treasure in the Ground
Toward Statehood
Song: "Custer's Last Charge"
More Than Gold
The Land Rush
Good Times and Bad
Can't Take That Away
3 Government and Economy: Public Lifep. 54
Inside Government
Changing Laws
Working in Montana
Earning a Living
4 People: The Last Best Placep. 70
Easterners and Westerners
Common Ground
Ethnic Montana
Recipe: Indian Fry Bread
The Good Life
5 Achievements: Big Sky, Big Namesp. 86
Painting the West
Montana Champions
Making Movies
Funny Man
Dinosaur Hunter
Leading the Way
6 Landmarks: Treasure State Tourp. 102
The Northwest
The Southwest
North-Central Montana
South-Central Montana
The East
State Surveyp. 121
State Identifications
Calendar of Celebrations
State Stars
Tour the State
Fun Facts
Find Out Morep. 141
Indexp. 143

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