Argentina

Argentina

by Charles J. Shields
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Stretching over most of southern South America, Argentina is the world's eighth-largest country. It is home to some of the world's tallest mountains, along with tumbling waterfalls, enormous grassland plains, and wide deserts. See more details below

Overview

Stretching over most of southern South America, Argentina is the world's eighth-largest country. It is home to some of the world's tallest mountains, along with tumbling waterfalls, enormous grassland plains, and wide deserts.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This volume in the "Discovering South America" series presents a clear picture of Argentina's history and culture through the recital of facts, but does not help students to understand the basic concepts of economy despite the chapter "An Underachieving Economy." A sentence such as "But economic growth in 2000 was a disappointing 0.8 percent because of the government's inability to pay down its national debt" may be accurate but does little to enhance student understanding of why Argentina's economy has a "long record of poor performance despite advantages such as abundant natural resources and a very capable workforce." The book would benefit from references to economic concepts in language or comparisons that students could understand. The back matter, particularly the recipes and projects are likely to excite student interest. Exceptional landscape photographs will also draw reader interest. The Quick Facts, selected from the CIA World Factbook and other sources, summarize basic information about Argentina. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers,
— Elisabeth Greenberg
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–Written in a straightforward style, these series entries, originally published in 2003, will update collections even though their traditional textbook format makes them look dated. The coverage is broad–history, people, culture, and the arts. Words in boldface are defined in the glossaries but are not necessarily included in the two-page indexes. In South America, color illustrations of each flag; area and population of each country; and maps and leading products of each nation are included. The suggestions in the “Project and Report Ideas” sections are creative, but they don’t always seem well considered–“listen to Andean flute music, an Argentine tango, a Brazilian samba, and a Colombian cumbia,” but no CD titles are offered, nor are the dance names listed in the index. Each book contains representative recipes, and while the dishes look good, the directions have not been modified or simplified for young audiences. Each title is illustrated with stock photographs in color and black and white, drawings, and maps.–Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590842850
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Discovering Latin America Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >