Australia (National Geographic Countries of the World Series)

Overview

National Geographic welcomes you to Australia, the only country that's also a continent:

   • Australia's landscape varies from endless sun-baked horizons to dense tropical rainforest to chilly southern beaches.
   • The Commonwealth of Australia is a constitutional monarchy and has a parliamentary system of government.
   • Australia's population has...

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Overview

National Geographic welcomes you to Australia, the only country that's also a continent:

   • Australia's landscape varies from endless sun-baked horizons to dense tropical rainforest to chilly southern beaches.
   • The Commonwealth of Australia is a constitutional monarchy and has a parliamentary system of government.
   • Australia's population has quadrupled since WWI, with most Australians descended from immigrants, the majority from Great Britain and Ireland.
   • The indigenous population is also increasing, and perceived racial inequality is an ongoing political problem.
   • With a robust internationally competitive economy, long-term concerns include pollution, particularly depletion of the ozone layer, and management and conservation of coastal areas, especially the Great Barrier Reef.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Kids planning reports will welcome this "Countries of the World" series with its abundance of information packed into an appealing format illustrated by the lively and well-reproduced color photos one would expect from National Geographic. Five sections cover geography, nature, history, people and culture, and government and economy, each highlighted by an appropriate map and sidebars with interesting, offbeat details. In Australia, writers can learn about Australia's deserts, a sacred aboriginal rock, outlying islands and the huge rocky domes of the Bungle Bungles. Australia's unique wildlife includes saltwater crocodiles, koalas, echidnas, kangaroos and the 600 species of eucalyptus, while the history section whisks readers through the centuries with aboriginal dwellers, British penal colonies, a gold rush and urban settlement. Especially fascinating are pages about life in the outback, accompanied by a photograph of a musician playing a colorful didgeridoo. Sports and arts festivals are fun; tributes are offered to singer Nellie Melba and Cathy Freeman, the first aboriginal person to win an Olympic gold medal. (Oddly, neither opera star Joan Sutherland nor the world-class Australian Ballet is mentioned.) After a brief look at government organization, immigration and recent economic cooperation with Asia, kids will appreciate the extra features: a useful bibliography of books, inviting websites and National Geographic articles as well as some super suggestions for ways to add zest to a report about Australia. The final endpapers reveal a timeline of Australian history. This attractive series will be fun for browsers and offer a motivating push for reluctant report-writers.Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426300554
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/14/2007
  • Series: National Geographic Countries of the World Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 589,600
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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