Children's Literature - Greg M. RomaneckIf you have read any of Alexander McCall Smith's "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" mystery novels, you will be at least mildly oriented to the culture, geography, and people of Botswana. In those gentle books, the fictionalized people of this South African nation walk across the pages in their entire cultural splendor. In the real world, as depicted in this fine work by writer Suzanne LeVert, the actual residents of this peaceful land adopt ways of life that stand out in the sometimes tumultuous world of Africa. As LeVert notes in this chapter in the illustrated Cultures of the World series, Botswana represents the anomaly of an African nation with political stability and general peace. However, this does not mean that crises such as the spread of AIDS and environmental degradation are not issues that trouble contemporary Botswanans. After reading this link in this fine series, it is possible, however, to breathe a sigh of relief and actually realize that not every African nation is embroiled in internecine warfare or on the verge of political collapse. That being the case, Botswana represents not only a valuable teaching/learning tool for younger geographers, but also a fascinating story of a nation, its people, and their elemental reasonableness.
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