School Library JournalGr 4-8-This stellar new edition of a 1989 title entices readers with its handsome open format, clear maps, informative sidebars, and well-chosen illustrations, virtually all of which are new and in full color, except for archival reproductions. The text, while retaining much original wording, has been updated, expanded, and corrected where necessary, with extraneous details omitted. A chapter on cultural life has been added. It includes material on the film industry, holidays and festivals, sports and recreation, and an easy-to-prepare recipe. Measurements are now given in both the English and metric systems. Fast facts, the national anthem, information on the currency and flag, short sketches of famous people and sights, and a glossary-all new additions-conclude the volume. The Web site leads to excellent links. Peggy Ferroa's China (Benchmark, 2002) and Kim Dramer's People's Republic of China (Children's, 1999) cover similar information more comprehensively, particularly in the areas of lifestyle, language, leisure, festivals, and food, but China in Pictures is a solid selection for even the most basic collections.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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