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Australia
     

Australia

by Heather C. Hudak
 

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Australia is nicknamed the "land down under" because the entire landmass is located below the equator. The country is known for its moderate climate-making it a vacation hot spot for tourists from around the globe. Learn about Australia's fascinating history, culture, geography, and more in Australia, an Exploring Countries book. The Exploring Countries series

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Australia is nicknamed the "land down under" because the entire landmass is located below the equator. The country is known for its moderate climate-making it a vacation hot spot for tourists from around the globe. Learn about Australia's fascinating history, culture, geography, and more in Australia, an Exploring Countries book. The Exploring Countries series takes readers on a worldwide tour to discover countries from around the globe. Learn about each country's land and climate, plants and animals, natural resources, goods and services, indigenous peoples, cultural groups, arts and entertainment, sports, politics and government, and much more. Exploring Countries is a series of AV2 media enhanced books. A unique book code printed on page 2 unlocks multimedia content. These books come alive with video, audio, weblinks, slide shows, activities, hands-on experiments, and much more.

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Children's Literature
Coverage of the continent begins with an overview of highlights, history, location, and salient features. New Zealand is not included in this book. Successive short chapters, some merely double-page spreads, introduce the geography, resources, and economy, including tourism, industry, and goods and services. A quick trip through the history and early exploration of the continent provides key names, rebellions, and events of the past millennium. It also suggests that various straits, waterfalls, or mountain ranges were ‘discovered' by Europeans rather than known to the indigenous people already there. Double the space of previous chapters is given to the culture: sports, entertainment, government, cultural groups, and population. The series highlights general vocabulary words (amateur, dependent, equator), as well as more specific-to-the-continent ones (marsupial, Pacific Rim, SCUBA, eucalyptus), and rounds them all up in a glossary. Back matter includes a "Brain Teaser" section of questions and answers from the text information. Other reader enticements include boxed "Fast Facts" and informative picture captions, Web sites and books for further information, and an index. The only map included indicates geographic features, with the exception of the six provinces, or states; cities; and rivers mentioned in the text—a minor annoyance to young readers who would like to see these locations. The "Continents of the World" series from World Almanac Library has more and better maps, but is for a slightly older reader. Alternatively, this overview series works very well for upper elementary reference, although report writers may have to augment with some other, more specific sources. Part ofthe "Continents" series. 2006, Weigl Publishers Inc, and Ages 9 to 12.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619134423
Publisher:
Weigl Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Series:
Weigl Continents Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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