Surveys the geography, history, people, and customs of the state of Texas.
Texas is a place of big country and vast landscapes. Easily the largest of the lower forty-eight states, Texas remains a land of vibrant history, bountiful resources, and a diverse population. Writers Carmen Bredson and Mary Dodson Wade tackle this vast subject in this illustrated volume from the "Celebrate the States" series. As in other books in this series, Texas combines factual information with human interest. Throughout the text, readers are introduced to critical topics, such as commercial opportunities, environmental concerns, racial issues, or varying cultural practices, and then afforded real life conversations that help to amplify the material. The writing in Texas is crisp and structured in such a way that the book is not simply a repository of names, dates, and arcane facts. Indeed, readers will come away from this textbook with not only a firm footing of information but also a better understanding of the human stories that stand behind the primary events in Texas history. This is a well-developed book and one that teachers and librarians should be able to make good use of.