The poetry is not particularly inspired. It's actually kind of clunky. And I was surprised to find that the whole state of Ohio did not hold one illustrator competent to make drawings for this book, so they went to Wisconsin to find someone. C'mon, if you are going to write a book about how awesome Ohio is, the least you could do is to have a home-grown illustrator. Overall it's a book full of facts that are presented in a fairly pedestrian way. The illustrations involving wildlife are head and shoulders above the rest. The poems in the center of each illustration are, as I said, clunky in the extreme. The text in the sidebars is just wooden but certainly informative.