Children's LiteratureTouched by two oceans, Colombia is one of the largest countries in South America. From the rain forest to the cities, Colombia is an exciting and fascinating place. Originating from all over the world, Colombian people are an interesting diverse culture. Some people live in houses and apartments, others live in villages far from cities in traditional huts without electricity or running water. The text and dazzling photographs provide a fascinating glimpse into a country that, in some ways, is similar to the United States, yet vastly different in others. The book includes a map, a description of school programs, a recipe for a popular fruit drink, a folktale, a traditional game, discussions of holiday traditions and favorite sports. A glossary, fast facts about Colombia, short bios on three well-known Colombians and a book and website bibliography are also included. The layout provides just enough text versus white space. Information is sometimes vague, relying on vague words such as "many" and "some" rather than actual numbers or specifics. For the age level, however, this may not be an issue. This is an excellent resource for social science projects and book reports. Part of the "Discovering Cultures" series. 2004, Benchmark Books, Ages 9 to 12.