Title: The New Jersey Reader
Author: Trinka Hakes Noble
Illustrator: K.L. Darnell
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Concepts: natural and human resources, education
Review: New Jersey is known as the Crossroads of the American Revolution since it was situated in the middle of the thirteen colonies and also in between the Hudson and Delaware rivers. Similarly, the state has long served as an important crossroads on a major north-south migration route for countless birds, waterfowl, and butterflies. And of course the state's extensive highway system has made it a vital transportation crossroads along the eastern seaboard corridor. These crossroads are also symbolic of the central place that New Jersey has taken in the country's development, starting with the pre-colonial days when the Lenape lived on and cultivated the land. Even today, the Garden State still ranks as one of the nation's leading producers of cranberries, blueberries, eggplants, asparagus, and sweet corn.
It is only fitting that the state that sends the highest proportion of its high school graduates on to higher education is the subject of a reader patterned after the school primers of earlier years. Young students across the country, not just "New Jerseyans", will enjoy reading the various poems and short stories and also engaging with the book's other features, including riddles and a play. This reader has much to offer to children who are developing their reading skills with interesting and engaging materials.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children