Afghanistan: A Question and Answer Book


A brief introduction to Afghanistan, following a simple question-and-answer format that discusses land features, government, housing, transportation, industries, education, sports, art forms, holidays, food, and family life. Includes a map, fast facts, and charts.
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A brief introduction to Afghanistan, following a simple question-and-answer format that discusses land features, government, housing, transportation, industries, education, sports, art forms, holidays, food, and family life. Includes a map, fast facts, and charts.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The 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.
—Elisabeth Greenberg
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-Unless students have some ethnic connection to the country concerned, it is doubtful that they would select one of these books. Each title asks a series of 12 identical questions, and each chapter spread contains one question and its answer. Type of government, forms of transportation, and traditional art forms are not topics that second or third graders typically inquire about. Readers are expected to refer to a glossary for the meaning of bold-faced words. The texts are plagued with oversimplification and assumptions. Afghanistan mentions the mining of lapis lazuli, but does not explain why it is rare, its color, or why it is special. Iraq assumes that readers will understand that floods deposit rich soil in their wake. Another chapter discusses a "famous Iraqi writer," but does not give his name. In Mexico, Diego Rivera is said to have created several "large mural paintings," which is redundant. Each title concludes with five pages that include facts, money and flag, and a few native words with pronunciation. The posed half-page color photographs do not salvage these titles. Check the nearest children's encyclopedia for this type of information and save the budget.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736826853
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Questions and Answers: Countries Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gillia Olson has been involved with children's literature for 15 years and a cat owner for her entire life. Her current cats, Stimpy and LeRoy, frequently get up close and personal, even when she doesn't appreciate it. Gillia lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with her cats, dog, husband, and daughter.
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