Oregon (My ReportLinks.com), by Ron Knapp
There is something almost endearing about this book and the primitive way it seeks to incorporate the web in its designs. The book makes what it thinks to be an audacious claim about promising to keep the book’s internet links up to date for three years after the publication of the book, which was in 2002, not realizing that this is the sort of book that remains available as a source of information to children for far longer than that. The whole internet as seen through this book looks like something out of Windows 95 or maybe, if one is being less generous, Windows 3.1, and its 90’s aesthetic reminds the contemporary reader that this book is way out of date in its information. Even so, it’s not as if the book is a bad one, as it provides the sort of information that people would want to tell children about a state and makes this book suitable for both the geography as well as the government classes that children often have to take in middle school. This book would present no demands that are too taxing on a middle school reader who had an interest in the states of the United States, even if the book could obviously have aimed higher in its detail or been even more technically proficient than it was.
The book is a modest sized one at a bit less than 50 pages, and the book is divided into a few sections. The book begins, interestingly enough, with some report links that shows the sort of information that the author considers to be of use when learning about the United States. These links include government sites, information on the Oregon Trail, and information about Lewis & Clark. After this comes a discussion of Oregon as the beaver state (1), as well as a look at the land and climate of the state (2), which is divided up into a few regions so that the reader is aware of the general mildness of Western Oregon and the higher elevations of the eastern part of the state. There is a chapter on interesting Oregonians (3) that demonstrates the interest in civics and politics as well as the Simpsons and Nike that are common among people who want to talk about Oregon as a state and its claim to fame within the United States. There is also a discussion of government and the economy that points out Oregon’s local political system (4), as well as brief history of the state (5), after which the book closes with chapter notes, suggestions for further reading, and an index.