Costa Rica
Costa Rica
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Series: Country Explorers   

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Annotation: Discusses the geography, religion, language, customs, life-styles, and culture of the people of Costa Rica.
Catalog Number: #5775351
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Pages: 48 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-580-13818-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-580-13818-5
Dewey: 972.86
LCCN: 2007042166
Dimensions: 21 x 24 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
This book provides a brief introduction to Costa Rica, from its history to its cuisine to its tourist industry. The color photos in a crowded layout reinforce the author's points, but the oversized text is vague and patronizing with its excessive use of exclamation points. This book is a pared-down version of the same title in the publisher's Globe-Trotters Club series. Bib., glos., ind.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Brightly illustrated and visually appealing series entries. Each book highlights distinguishing features of its particular country. For example, Poland points out the importance of the Vistula River, which extends from the Carpathian Mountains in the south to the Baltic Sea in the north. There is some history, including the ethnic origins of most Poles and the World War II concentration camps, but the majority of the book looks at modern life. Costa Rica also includes a few historical facts as well as a mention of the indigenous population and its culture. The rest of the book discusses such subjects as the rain forest, education, and soccer. These editions are written in language intended for beginning readers. Each two-page chapter includes only the most basic facts in large print. Both incorporate colorful and diverse photos and drawings that will engage children. Useful introductions to life in other countries.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 47) and index.
Word Count: 2,216
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 124628 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.4 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q44948
Lexile: IG790L
Guided Reading Level: O
Fountas & Pinnell: O

Pack your bags! We're headed to Costa Rica. On this whirlwind tour, you'll learn all about the country's landscape, culture, people, and more. We'll explore Costa Rica's beaches and tropical rain forests, listen to the marimba, and try a plate of gallo pinto. A special section introduces Costa Rica's capital, language, population, and flag. Hop on board and take a fun-filled look at your world.

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