Performing with a local music group or rollerblading through the park, children in Slovakia are not as different from American children as we may think. They love to eat McDonalds' hamburgers; they love to play with friends. Kinkade's glimpse into the lives of children from another country provides readers with an excellent mix of both the similarities and differences between cultures. Photographs of both posed and captured moments reveal the intricacies of children's lives in this evolving country. With just the right blend of factual history and anecdotal stories, Kinkade introduces readers to the challenges of a country trying to adjust to world changes and provides a place for readers to invest a personal interest in our global community. Young children will find the photographs a story in themselves; older readers may use this information to add a more human side to their investigation of the countries of the world. 2001, Carolrhoda Books, $23.93. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Series titles that allow readers to learn about another country through an exploration of the daily lives of children living there. While each book follows the family, school, or leisure activities of several youngsters, it also incorporates factual information and historical background that will be useful for reports. At least one captivating, full-color photograph illustrates each page. Each volume also includes a helpful pronunciation guide and a map. Good choices for country studies, multicultural units, and armchair travelers.-Tammy K. Baggett, Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.