Ecuador

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Named for the equator, which passes through it, the Republic of Ecuador sits on the western coast of South America. One of the smallest countries of the continent, Ecuador nevertheless features Andean summits, tropical forests and savannas, snow-edged volcanoes, and glacial lakes. About 600 miles to the west lie Ecuador's renowned Galápagos Islands, home to more than 5,000 species of plants and animals.

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Named for the equator, which passes through it, the Republic of Ecuador sits on the western coast of South America. One of the smallest countries of the continent, Ecuador nevertheless features Andean summits, tropical forests and savannas, snow-edged volcanoes, and glacial lakes. About 600 miles to the west lie Ecuador's renowned Galápagos Islands, home to more than 5,000 species of plants and animals.

Presents the geography, history, economy, cities and communities, and people and culture of Ecuador. Includes recipes, related projects, and a calendar of festivals.

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Gr 4-6–Written in a straightforward style, these series entries, originally published in 2003, will update collections even though their traditional textbook format makes them look dated. The coverage is broad–history, people, culture, and the arts. Words in boldface are defined in the glossaries but are not necessarily included in the two-page indexes. In South America, color illustrations of each flag; area and population of each country; and maps and leading products of each nation are included. The suggestions in the “Project and Report Ideas” sections are creative, but they don’t always seem well considered–“listen to Andean flute music, an Argentine tango, a Brazilian samba, and a Colombian cumbia,” but no CD titles are offered, nor are the dance names listed in the index. Each book contains representative recipes, and while the dishes look good, the directions have not been modified or simplified for young audiences. Each title is illustrated with stock photographs in color and black and white, drawings, and maps.–Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590842935
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Discovering Latin America Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction James D. Henderson 6

Big Things in Little Packages 9

Incas, Independence, and Oil 19

The Economy of Ecuador 27

From Shamans to Cyber Cafés 35

Cities and Communities 43

A Calendar of Ecuadorian Festivals 50

Recipes 52

Glossary 54

Project and Report Ideas 56

Chronology 58

Further Reading/Internet Resources 60

For More Information 61

Index 62

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