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Children's LiteratureThe easy reader social studies series "FactFinders: Q&A/Questions and Answers," helps to focus children's reading about a country to answer a particular question, such as, "Where is Afghanistan?" in each two-page spread. The juxtaposition of easy to read text with informational photos, maps, and "Fact!" boxes will greatly assist young school children to learn about specific countries in our increasingly global world. The questions answered in each book are the same. They range from geo-political questions, such as "When did Afghanistan become a country?" and "What type of government does Afghanistan have?" to special interest questions for children, such as "What is school like in Afghanistan?" and "What are the favorite foods in Afghanistan?". An academic consultant is listed for each book and the back matter includes fast facts, a few vocabulary words/phrases in the native tongue, and both Internet sites and books to review for more information. The books are not sequenced, but seem to stand alone, which may occasionally lead to a lack of clarity in vocabulary. For example, the word "ethnic" is defined in the glossary for the book on Afghanistan, but also appears in the book on Egypt where it is not defined or explained. These brief introductions to other countries will be excellent books for young children to read on their own as library selections, particularly if they have a natural interest in social studies, and will also be useful as a supplement to an area study in a regular social studies class. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.