Botswana

Botswana

by Kelly Wittmann
     
 

The combination of breathtaking scenic beauty, fabulous wildlife, and peace-loving citizen 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, the Batswana, who have created a vibrant democracy.

Since Botswana won its independence in 1966, it has become one of Africa's

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The combination of breathtaking scenic beauty, fabulous wildlife, and peace-loving citizen 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, the Batswana, 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, as a high percentage of people are infected with the disease. Today, the government is working with all Batswana to end this threat to their beloved country.

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School Library Journal

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

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
“O Kae?” So begins this journey through this work in “The Evolution of Africa’s Major Nations” series. It means ‘How are you?’ Written as if it could be an encyclopedic entry, Wittman takes readers through the beauty, struggles, and hopefulness of Botswana. Come learn of the baobab tree, ecotourism, and the proud people of Botswana. But also of the deadly diseases, political unrest and divisions among groups opposed to the government taking their land for Game reserves. This is more than a glorified guidebook, it is evident that much went into researching this work, without being overwhelming, and it stands alone as an overview of this country. It can be a bit dry in places, the introduction is especially lofty, thought thankfully subsequent chapters are a bit easier to digest, and can be consumed in small bites, if necessary. It really is a beautiful country, home to exotic animals and mostly gentle people, and is a major exporter of diamonds. It is also more than just the history of this southern African country. Following the text are a list of festivals celebrated, recipes (there is even one for fried worms!), a glossary, chronology of the country, suggested readings for further explanations, and creative ideas for projects and reports—all are very helpful to students and teachers. Though this could be difficult for leisure reading, it is a terrific choice for the classroom and home school library, and should be included in public school libraries. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young; Ages 10 to 13.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422221938
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Series:
Evolution of Africa's Major Nations Series
Pages:
79
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
1210L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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