This handy illustrated book about the United States is organized in a clear style that allows for quick and easy reference. The states are presented alphabetically, and each entry has a map showing the capital, major cities and geographical features, as well as a locator map showing the position of the state within the entire U.S. Details about the state's entrance to the Union are also presented, along with statistics for population, area, and state flower, tree, and bird. Readers can then find a concise history of each state, along with a list of the state's historic sights and other worthwhile attractions. In addition to providing useful information for school reports, readers can learn intriguing historical trivia, such as the fact that New Harmony, Indiana was the first place in the U.S. where boys and girls were taught in the same classroom; in 1887, an Atlanta drugstore was the first place in the world to serve Coca-Cola; Connecticut had the first written constitution in the U.S.; and at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright brothers conducted the first successful airplane flight. There are several easy-to-read maps in the book: those of the 13 original states, the entire 50 states, Washington, D.C., major ports and waterways, and major mountain ranges. Young patriots can find out which state has the highest mountain, the deepest lake, the lowest spot, the saltiest water, the longest coastline, the oldest road, the longest bridge, and much, much more.