Guyana

Overview

Located along the northeast coast of South America, Guyana is the only English-speaking nation on the continent. Most of the Country's 800,000 people, the majority of whom are of East Indian, African, or mixed descent, live along the swampy coastal plain in the north. This tropical land of sugar plantations, settled by the Dutch in the early 1600s, received its name from the Indian word Guiana, meaning "land of Water." Later a colony of the United Kingdom, it gained independence...
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Overview

Located along the northeast coast of South America, Guyana is the only English-speaking nation on the continent. Most of the Country's 800,000 people, the majority of whom are of East Indian, African, or mixed descent, live along the swampy coastal plain in the north. This tropical land of sugar plantations, settled by the Dutch in the early 1600s, received its name from the Indian word Guiana, meaning "land of Water." Later a colony of the United Kingdom, it gained independence in 1966.

Discusses the land, the history, the economy, the people, and the festivals of Guyana.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
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: 9781422207048
  • Publisher: Mason Crest
  • Publication date: 1/2/2009
  • Series: South America Today Series
  • Pages: 63
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction James D. Henderson 6

"Land of Waters" 9

A Brief History of Guyana 17

A Fragile Economy 29

Many Peoples, Diverse Culture 37

Guyana's Communities 45

A Calendar of Guyanese 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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