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Children's LiteratureThe alphabet format of the books allows inclusion of unrelated facts about Guatemala in brief text supplemented by a FAST FACT feature for many letters, which amplifies the basic information. For example, "Q is for quetzal," Guatemala's national bird. In the FAST FACT you learn that Guatemala's money is named after the quetzal bird and that 100 cents (centavos) equal 1 quetzal. This format provides a great deal of information in compact form, located through both the written descriptions and the colorful illustrations, but it also separates facts about a topic. The fast facts "B is for bus" and "U is for unity" deal with transportation in Guatemala; information about food and markets can be found in U (Unity), T (Tortilla), and I (Ice Cream). Some letters are used with familiar examples ("A is for Art," "J is for Jade," "S is for Soccer") while other letters are exemplified with Guatemalan examples ("K is for Kinich Ahau," "T is for Tortilla"). A few of these are phonetically spelled but many are not, leaving the non-Spanish speaking reader wondering how to say "Kinich Ahua" or "quetzal." A helpful introductory map locates Guatemala both in Central America and in the world. The increasing Hispanic population in today's US schools makes this ABCs especially timely and useful. This book is part of the "Country ABCs" series. 2006, Picture Window Books/Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 9.