France (Cultures of the World Series)

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Children's Literature
An excellent resource for students becoming familiar with France and its place in the world, nearly every aspect of the country, its people, and their culture, receives some mention. With fewer than 150 pages, the coverage is not particularly deep, but the writing style makes most topics intriguing, and if students wish to investigate further, they can begin with the list of resources contained near the end of the volume. This list includes books, as well as websites, videos, and music. French terms are sprinkled throughout with pronunciation guides. The history of France, from the Middle Ages up through modern time, is discussed, as well as its government, economy, arts, and the lifestyle of its citizens. Of particular interest is the section containing the question, "What is so French about the French?" Fascinating captioned color photographs are found on nearly every page. Maps, a history time-line, and economic and cultural facts sheets can be found at the end of the book, as well as a couple of French cooking recipes thrown in for good measure. Part of the "Cultures of the World" series. 2003, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish,
— Linda Ruble
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This updated edition of a 1995 publication is highly attractive and very current. However, it contains numerous problems and inconsistencies. Only some French terms receive suggested pronunciations, and several differ within the text and from text to glossary. The glossary is woefully incomplete and contains only a handful of French words, ignoring such challenging vocabulary as moors, conduit, vassals, placards, xenophobe, durables, coterie, flying buttresses, oratory, and hertz frequencies. The previous edition had maps helpfully scattered throughout the book, but now the three full-page maps (geopolitical, economic, and cultural) are all clustered at the end. The "Fast Facts" section here is confusingly split in two, and basic geographical facts like area, average temperature, highest point, longest river, etc., are missing. In the geography chapter, regions are discussed randomly and jump all over the country. The history section is particularly weak and highly abbreviated; Gofen and Reymann do better with the government, economy, environment, and lifestyles. Finally, the writing is awkward, unclear, and repetitious, and includes puzzling non sequiturs. Don Nardo's France (Children's, 2000) is equally attractive and far superior to this title.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761414988
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Cultures of the World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 11 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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