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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Fandex Family Field Guide" series, this is the first to take on an entire continent. It does so with aplomb, using its fifty die-cut and smoothly maneuverable cards to highlight each nation, including the island republics of Cape Verde and Madagascar. Under each bold and distinctive header image can be found standard almanac statistics: former names, date of independence, capital, languages, population, religions, etc. Also highlighted are the country's flag, its shape—and more useful, its location within the continent. What follows are brief and surprisingly lucid essays on the country's history. Since much of the continent was developed under 19th-century colonialism, the aggregate makes for fascinating reading. The only modest discrepancies to be found were not noting that Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River is shared by both Zimbabwe and Zambia, and not including English as one of South Africa's primary languages. Small druthers for a project that is useful, attractive, and should fascinate both kids and adults into boning up on Africa. A bonus map of the entire continent is included in the package. 2005, Workman Publishing, Ages 8 up.