A Ticket to Saudi Arabia

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Pack your bags! We're headed to Saudi Arabia. On this whirlwind tour, you'll learn all about the country's landscape, culture, people, and more. We'll explore Saudi Arabia's sprawling deserts and modern cities; go shopping in a bustling souk, or marketplace; and watch an exciting sword dance called the ardha. A special section introduces Saudi Arabia's capital, language, population, and flag. Hop on board and take a fun-filled look at your world.

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Overview

Pack your bags! We're headed to Saudi Arabia. On this whirlwind tour, you'll learn all about the country's landscape, culture, people, and more. We'll explore Saudi Arabia's sprawling deserts and modern cities; go shopping in a bustling souk, or marketplace; and watch an exciting sword dance called the ardha. A special section introduces Saudi Arabia's capital, language, population, and flag. Hop on board and take a fun-filled look at your world.

Examines the geography, history, economy, society, and culture of Saudi Arabia.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A wonderfully inviting photo of an earnest young shepherd graces the cover of Ticket. The boy is dressed traditionally and cradles a baby goat¾an immediate draw for many youngsters. Inside, in large type complimented by colorful drawings and excellent photos, we learn about everything from the heat of the Saudi desert, to pets and "kid life" and what a sandstorm looks like. Young readers can pick up a few words of Arabic and discover how critical the principles of Islam are to daily life in Saudi Arabia. There are photos of a tent dinner among nomads, and of a businessman sitting next to his stereo and TV wearing a long white robe and checkered head covering. Laurie Anderson presents a very thorough look at this often mysterious Middle Eastern nation, and yet the book remains appropriate for the youngest school children. The only note a teacher might want to add is that in Saudi Arabia and most of the rest of the world, the Persian Gulf is called the Arabian Gulf. 2000, Carolrhoda Books,
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This entry in the "A Ticket to..." series presents the people, geography, society, economy, history and culture of Venezuela. While sharing the same pictures, format, and maps with the "Globe Trotters Club," Venezuela, appeals to a younger audience with simplified text and a less dense presentation. Readers may investigate the South American country, note its location, the varied land from high mountains to plains, vast river deltas, and rain forests. The people mix of indigenous, Spanish, and other backgrounds is presented along with a brief mention of the country's history. Venezuelan holidays, religions, clothes, school and ranch life, music, baseball, bullfights, and other entertainment are also mentioned. A glossary, Spanish words, well-captioned pictures, suggested reading, and a small index make this useful to young researchers while still appealing to the general reader as well. 2000, Carolrhoda, Ages 6 to 9, $22.60. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-There are few books about Middle Eastern countries for this audience, and this one has some good things about it. The attractive and engaging format consists of two-page topic treatments that have photographs and drawings as well as insets to explain details mentioned in the text. Simplifying the contents for this audience, however, results in some broad generalizations, e.g., "Saudi women are more comfortable in the company of other women. Saudi men can relax more around other men." The tone is positive throughout, and controversial issues are not dealt with. Despite this, Anderson offers a good, basic introduction to the country and its people. There are a few caveats. Most Saudi women do not wear veils that cover their whole face as shown. The photo of the wealthy businessman sprawled out in his limousine will draw children's inquiries by its over-the-top lushness. Also, the use of American slang throughout, such as "kids" and "hang out," is jarring.-Carol Johnson Shedd, National Outreach Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580135955
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: IG610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson grew up in Syracuse, New York, and now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. Her first novel, Speak, a Printz Honor and National Book Award finalist, is available on audio from Listening Library


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Table of Contents

Welcome! 4
Peaks and Plains 6
Big River 8
Green All Over 10
First People 12
Who Is Venezuelan? 14
From Spain 16
City Living 18
Llaneros 20
Family Time 22
Time for School 24
Say It in Spanish 26
Religion 28
Fun Times 30
Clean Your Plate 32
Get Going! 34
La Musica 36
Listen to a Story 38
Play Ball! 40
Bullfight 42
New Words to Learn 44
New Words to Say 46
More Books to Read 47
New Words to Find 48
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