Germany (National Geographic Countries of the World Series)

Germany (National Geographic Countries of the World Series)

by Henry Russell
     
 

Learn more about Germany, whose post-war recovery resulted in reunification. In the year after the opening of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, Western political and economic systems were introduced in the East, and two radically different societies began to merge.

Germany was reunited on October 3, 1990, after decades of division.Germany's scenic beauty includes

Overview

Learn more about Germany, whose post-war recovery resulted in reunification. In the year after the opening of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, Western political and economic systems were introduced in the East, and two radically different societies began to merge.

Germany was reunited on October 3, 1990, after decades of division.Germany's scenic beauty includes Alpine mountain regions, the famous Rhine and Danube rivers, and the Black Forest. Acid rain, from sulfur dioxide emissions, now threatens Germany's old-growth forests.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Kids planning reports will welcome this "Countries of the World" series with its abundance of information packed into an appealing format illustrated by the lively and well-reproduced color photos always expected from National Geographic. Sections cover geography, nature, history, people and culture, and government and economy, each highlighted by an appropriate map and sidebars with interesting, offbeat details. In Germany, writers can learn about the country's wide northern plain, southern mountains, and legendary forests and rivers; Germany's abundant wildlife includes white storks, ibex, seals, and wild boars. A history section whisks readers through the centuries, from Charlemagne's empire to the twenty-first century, skipping the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, thus ignoring the Thirty Years' War and Frederick the Great (though an icon of Frederick's jewel-like palace, Sans Souci, marks sidebars throughout). Russell does a good job of explaining the Nazi years in limited space and highlighting the difficulties of integrating East and West Germany after 1990; appropriately, the arts are discussed more than is usual in comparable books (there is a well written sidebar about Beethoven). Readers will appreciate the extra features—a bibliography of books, inviting websites, and National Geographic articles as well as suggestions for ways to add zest to a report on Germany; final endpapers reveal a time line of German history. Note: the singular of Lander is Land; the pronunciation guide for German expressions is inaccurate; some names on maps are misspelled. Still, this attractive book will be fun for browsers and offer a motivating push for reluctant report-writers.Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426300592
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
08/14/2007
Series:
National Geographic Countries of the World Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 9.79(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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