Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. SchaferRetaining much of its preceding "Cultures of the World" series volume's text, this second edition contains twenty-first century details, different photographs, and revised bibliography. This book adds a chapter featuring the Honduran environment's rich biodiversity, providing habitats for endangered animals and plants, and threats deforestation and pollution pose. Readers can acquire basic information regarding people, places, and lifestyles associated with the Honduras, useful to prepare reports and inspire additional research. Topical chapters examine that country's geographical, historical, and political components in addition to demographic, socioeconomic, religious, and artistic subjects. Education, health, languages, media, and folklore are also discussed. Readers are introduced to explorers, conquerors, liberators, heroes, and heroines who shaped the Honduras. Celebrating diversity, this book describes groups representing the country's numerous indigenous populations and ethnicities. Agriculture represents rural, sustainable characteristics of the Honduras and also supplies exports to international markets. The food chapter includes recipes for such Honduran favorites as plantain pancakes and coconut bread. Ecotourism discussion does not mention that volunteers can survey coral reef populations and join sea turtle patrols, and overlooks opportunities to tell about such interesting nature sites as the butterfly farm at Raista. Text is supplemented with sidebars, illustrations, maps, and glossary. Timeline lists mostly Honduran events, with no global facts provided for 1946 through 1996 to provide readers context. This book lacks citations. Read with Terry Trueman's novel Hurricane (2008). Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
Children's Literature - Sheree Van VreedeThis thorough resource tool provides a detailed account of the traditions of the Honduran people as well as their island. As part of the "Cultures of the World" series, readers are given background information on the Honduran geography, history, government, lifestyle, language, food, and more. Everything from literacy rates to telecommunications systems to festivals is discussed. The text is accompanied by vivid photographs of the people and the island. Quick notes on the land area, population, capital, and such are provided, along with a glossary of terms, bibliography, and index. While learning about the fascinating world of Honduras, readers can also develop valuable research skills.
Library Journal - Library JournalGr 5-9-A competent, up-to-date look at this Central American nation. Following introductory chapters on the geography, history, and government, the clearly written book focuses on contemporary life. The economy, population, religion, leisure activities, holidays, indigenous and ethnic groups, and rural and urban lifestyles are all covered. The devastating human and economic toll Hurricane Mitch took on the country is also discussed. Framed, often lengthy sidebars provide additional information on a variety of topics such as women as a political force, unwritten languages, and popular folktales. A quality, full-color photograph appears on almost every page. A map concludes the volume.-Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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