Argentina

Argentina

by Jean F. Blashfield
     
 

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It's geography for a new generation, an invaluable resource for facts and figures, and a fascinating, highly visual introduction to the world's countries. Look for full-color photos, original maps, interactive, browser-friendly sidebars, handy "fast facts," and an authoritative "to find out more" section, including Internet resources.

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It's geography for a new generation, an invaluable resource for facts and figures, and a fascinating, highly visual introduction to the world's countries. Look for full-color photos, original maps, interactive, browser-friendly sidebars, handy "fast facts," and an authoritative "to find out more" section, including Internet resources.

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Children's Literature - Jeanna Potts
This colorful book presents information about Argentina and is broken down into chapters covering different aspects of Argentinian history, geography, and culture. The first chapter gives a quick overview of the history of the native people and the influx of immigrants from Europe and Japan. Then it discusses the Dirty War of the 1970s and the economic, military, and government struggles encountered as the country strives to achieve a stable, Democratic government. Another chapter presents details about the native people who lived in caves and left paintings on the walls. When missionaries from Spain arrived, they tried to turn the natives into Christians and used them as slave labor. The role of the gaucho, or cowboy, is discussed. One chapter explains Argentina’s geography, climate, and the differences of climate, crops, and lifestyle in the northern and southern areas. Some chapters discuss some of the thousand bird species and mammals such as the jaguar, beaver, monkey, and opossum. The economy is based on agricultural crops like soybeans, sugarcane, and cattle in addition to the manufacturing of motor vehicles, steel, and food processing. The country mines oil, coal, and copper. The language, educational system, and lifestyles of its residents are also explained. The book also examines popular sports, athletes, music, literature, and artists. Colorful and black-and-white photographs accompany the information. This book is a good resource for teaching the history and culture of Argentina. There is a table of contents, a timeline, and an index. Also included are a bibliography, a Scholastic website with more information about Argentina, and four pages of facts about Argentina. Reviewer: Jeanna Potts; Ages 5 to 9.
VOYA, December 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 5) - Diane Colson
These 2015 editions of the Enchantment of the World series maintain the overall attractiveness, despite the fact that nearly every photograph has been replaced since the 2007 editions. The chapter titles have been changed as well, although they retain the same focus as in earlier additions. For example, the second chapter in 2015 Argentina is entitled, “The Amazing Land,” as differentiated from 2007 Argentina’s “The Immense Land.” Both chapters cover geography. The text is different in each edition. Even some of the “Fast Facts” differ. For example, the 2007 Argentina gives the population of the Buenos Aires metropolitan area as 11,600,000, while the 2015 edition gives the much smaller population of Buenos Aires proper—2,890,151. There is no explanation for the drastic change in population, which could leave exacting young researchers searching for further documentation—not a bad thing from a teaching perspective. Some of the numbers for facts such as lowest temperature or highest elevation point are slightly different, perhaps because of more precise measurement tools. If your library carries this series, the difference in editions is marked enough to warrant purchasing the new books. Some may be inclined to keep both on the shelves in order to retain photographs and historical details that have been left out of the 2015 edition. (Enchantment of the World) Reviewer: Diane Colson; Ages 11 to 15.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780516248721
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Enchantment of the World Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.51(d)
Lexile:
940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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