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Asia takes readers on a journey of discovery, from the contested lands of the Middle East, through the distant regions of Siberia, to the island nations of the Far East. The birthplace of many of the earliest human civilizations, the continent of Asia covers more than one-third of Earth's total land area and is home to almost two-thirds of the world's people, including hundreds of distinct ethnic groups. It also has the world's highest mountain range, some of its longest rivers, and beautiful but endangered ...
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Overview

Asia takes readers on a journey of discovery, from the contested lands of the Middle East, through the distant regions of Siberia, to the island nations of the Far East. The birthplace of many of the earliest human civilizations, the continent of Asia covers more than one-third of Earth's total land area and is home to almost two-thirds of the world's people, including hundreds of distinct ethnic groups. It also has the world's highest mountain range, some of its longest rivers, and beautiful but endangered wildlife. Fast becoming one of the world's most powerful economic regions, Asia includes Japan, home of the world's second-largest economy. Although the continent has many opportunities ahead, it must also face continuing conflict in the oil-rich Middle East and the challenges of the world's poorest countries, where life for many is a daily struggle against disease and malnutrition.
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Each of the nine chapters includes an overview that touches on the salient features of the continent. The overview page is facing a political map detailing principal cities located within larger divisions, rivers, substantive lakes, and faint suggestions of geographical features. Chapters cover the history; environment; people; culture and religion; natural resources; economy; the world's view of the continent, including current problems and unrest; the wildlife found there; and some issues that the continent will face in the future. The war in Iraq is briefly touched upon, as is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This excellent series is distinguished by its numerous maps, which compare different aspects, such as population, topography, and income across Asia. The book also includes graphs, boxed "fact files," and occasional boxed "In Focus" segments, which cover interesting sidebar information with more depth than the general text provides. Full-color pictures are fresh, interesting, and augment rather than merely reflect text. Back matter includes statistics about each country, a glossary, related informational sources, and an index. All in all, it is a solid, fair, and useful source of information. It is more suitable for an older audience than the "Continents" series (Weigl), which might be accessible as guided reading for children as young as 8 or 9, but more rightfully seems aimed at sixth grade and up. Part of the "Continents of the World" series. 2006 (orig. 2005), World Almanac Library, Ages 10 to 14.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
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Gr 5-8-These titles cover the history, environment, people, culture and religions, natural resources, economy, world politics, wildlife, and future of each continent. The format is quite attractive, with the text nicely arranged and a color photo, map, and/or graph on every page. "Fact File" boxes are prevalent, as are extensive captions. Special "In Focus" articles hone in on important topics in each chapter. The texts are well written, most of them containing a surprising amount of information, given the brevity of the books. Each title concludes with a statistical compendium for the continent. Europe is the only title with discernible errors. The communist regime of the Soviet Union was not overthrown-it collapsed. The text refers to Moldova, Romania, and Belarus as part of "former Eastern Europe." It also uses the term GDP, but does not define or list it in the glossary. Overall, though, these are good choices for collections in which current information is needed without a great amount of detail.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836859188
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Series: Continents of the World Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Asia - The Land of People 4

Chapter 1 The History of Asia 6

Chapter 2 Asian Environments 14

Chapter 3 The People of Asia 22

Chapter 4 Asian Culture and Religion 30

Chapter 5 Natural Resources in Asia 36

Chapter 6 The Asian Economy 42

Chapter 7 Asia in the World 48

Chapter 8 Asian Wildlife 54

Chapter 9 The Future of Asia 58

Statistical Compendium 60

Glossary 61

Further Information 62

Index 63

About the Author 64

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