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Annotation: Draws readers into some of the world's most interesting and important countries with current, detailed information on virtually everything that defines life in a particular place, from economy and the environment to geography and social trends.
Genre: World history
Catalog Number: #3983684
Format: Library Binding
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: 64 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-426-30299-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-426-30299-2
Dewey: 941.5
LCCN: 2008300883
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
This book provides basic information for elementary school research assignments. The photographs (especially those of the countryside) and maps are nicely reproduced and are larger and clearer than in most reference books. The text is succinct but gives an adequate overview of major historical events, economic trends, geography, ecology, and other topics. Timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Voice of Youth Advocates
Even though there are already many excellent nonfiction books that explore the countries of the world, this latest series is not to be missed. Known for an incredible attention to the facts and absolutely breathtaking photographs, the publisher does not disappoint and makes the country information more accessible to younger readers. These slim volumes are full of useful and entertaining data on everything from the weather to the economy and much more. Both titles selected for this review are extremely impressive. The past, present, and future of both countries are covered in fascinating detail in easy-to-understand language that does not talk down to its younger audience. The photographs themselves tell a great deal about the country. For instance, the volume on Israel includes a photo featuring high school students with machine guns stowed under their desks. A powerful image, and like every photo in these volumes, it is accompanied by a clear, concise caption complete with an arrow pointing to the image it is explaining. A section at the end of each volume called, "Add a little extra to your country report," gives tips on Web sites to find further information on things such as the country's national anthem, flag, and currency. This series is perfect for students not quite ready for Scholastic's longer, more complicated Enchantment of the World books.-Shari Fesko.
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Horn Book (4/1/09)
Voice of Youth Advocates
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 61) and index.
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Lexile: 980L

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