Gr 5-9- These attractively designed profiles are clear and concise, and the authors' easy-to-read texts impart a good deal of up-to-date information. Titles open with a map showing the country's location in relation to its neighbors and a section about the continent as a whole (the same in each volume). Chapters then cover the featured country's history; politics and government; economy; and people, including discussions of family life, education, ethnic groups, health care, sports, and the arts, with the focus being on the largest cities. The books also feature a calendar of festivals, recipes, and ideas for related projects and reports. Interspersed throughout are numerous color and some black-and-white photographs, with descriptive captions, as well as "Quick Facts" regarding geography, the economy, and the people. A gross national income chart compares the country with the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, China, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The information is presented in an engaging manner, which makes these titles excellent first purchases.-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Botswanaby Kelly Wittman
The combination of breathtaking scenic beauty, fabulous wildlife, and peace-loving citizens makes Botswana a favorite of tourists from all over the world. This country in the heart of southern Africa is also the homeland of a proud people who have created a vibrant democracy. Since Botswana won its independence in 1966, it has become one of Africa's leading economies. In particular, Botswana's diamond industry provides many people with a comfortable life. However, the AIDS epidemic has hit Botswana particularly hard, and a high percentage of people are infected with the disease. Today, the government is working with all Botswana to end this threat to their beloved country.
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