Explore the West
From the Series Regions of the United States
In this book, early fluent readers learn about the West, its location, history, demographics, geography, climate, and other defining features. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn about this region.
A Take a Look! map highlights the region's location, while an additional infographic shows the region's top industries by state. Sidebars present interesting, supplementary information, and an At a Glance recap offers quick stats on the region. Children can learn more about America's regions using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Explore the West also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.
Explore the West is part of Jump!'s Regions of the United States series.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Subject||Geography, Social Studies|
Booklist Review of Explore the West
The U.S. is vast and varied, and here readers are offered a succinct snapshot of the American West. The book opens with a rapid historical overview that touches on the West’s original Indigenous inhabitants, the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and California Gold Rush. Accompanying vintage illustrations and a modern map labeling the region’s states aid readers’ understanding of the area. The second chapter, “Geography and Wildlife,” uses photos to great effect as it tours impressive landforms (Yellowstone’s hot springs and geysers,
Utah’s Great Salt Lake, etc.) and some of the region’s iconic animals. The final chapter highlights a few major cities, employing an infographic for each western state’s top industries. An almanac-like chart of statistics brings this volume of the Regions of the United States series to a close.
— Julia Smith