School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-8-Together, these three volumes cover the same topics that standard country studies do in one. While the books are attractive, with numerous color photos and clear subheadings, all of the information is readily available elsewhere, and much that is important has been omitted. Statistics are practically nonexistent. There is nothing on France's flag, money, national anthem, health care, or folk crafts. The chapters on the arts in Culture briefly mention only a handful of painters, writers, and composers, and the book concludes with a flat retelling of a story about Roland. Only Land has a map, and it does not include two major rivers, the island of Corsica, and other sites that are discussed in the text. The section on food in People is particularly vague and superficial. Local specialties aren't mentioned by name; there is no description of typical meals; and standard French foods like croissants, quiches, and cassoulets are ignored. The title ends with "Marcel's Sunday afternoon," a trite, unnecessary piece. Stick to Peter Moss's France (Children's, 1986).-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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