India

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Pack your bags! We're headed to India. On this whirlwind tour, you'll learn all about the country's landscape, culture, people, and more. We'll explore India's bustling cities and country villages, sample spicy curry and a dish called dal, and attend a festival where people throw colored powder at their friends! A special section introduces India's capital, language, population, and flag. Hop on board and take a fun-filled look at your world.

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Overview

Pack your bags! We're headed to India. On this whirlwind tour, you'll learn all about the country's landscape, culture, people, and more. We'll explore India's bustling cities and country villages, sample spicy curry and a dish called dal, and attend a festival where people throw colored powder at their friends! A special section introduces India's capital, language, population, and flag. Hop on board and take a fun-filled look at your world.

An overview of India emphasizing its cultural aspects.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shalini Murthy
Intended for older elementary children, this book is a more in-depth version of the book, A Ticket to India by the same author. Due to its broader coverage of some of the topics, it avoids some of the pitfalls of its version for younger children. Not only is there more information on the people and culture of India, the information is also more accurate than that contained in A Ticket to India. Some of the other problems that were noted in the latter book such as presence of stereotypical content and absence of a logical order in presenting information persist in this volume as well. The book contains a glossary, a pronunciation guide, a bibliography and an index.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Informal, chatty texts give somewhat superficial overviews of the cultures and history of these two countries. Nigeria offers some insight into the various tribes living there, and India provides a good look at the religions in that country. However, both titles are filled with broad generalizations. Nigerians like to "dress up," "go to the movies," and have "tons of drums." Indians are "crazy" about cricket and "On a Saturday afternoon with nothing to do, most people in India would go to the movies." Attempts at humor that tend to distract from the factual information include superfluous comments such as "Splash!," and "Picture this!" Misleading comments such as comparing an Indian family's habit of sleeping outside on hot nights to a slumber party, and the observation of Holi, a Hindu festival honoring the passing of winter, as a kind of water fight, could be construed as a flippant attitude toward other cultures, as could some chapter headings: "Dig In!," "Holy Rivers!," "Shop `Til You Drop!," and "Kicking Back." There is a lot of useful information in these attractively formatted titles, and the colorful illustrations are lively and interesting. It's too bad there are so many shortcomings.-Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822586623
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: Country Explorers Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: IG570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Streissguth lives in Florida and works as a writer and editor. He has written more than twenty-five non-fiction books for young people, including biographies and books on history and geography. His volumes in the Biography® series include Legends of Dracula, Jesse Owens, Queen Cleopatra, Jack London, and Edgar Allan Poe. Mr. Streissguth has also written several Visual Geography Series® titles including Argentina in Pictures, Costa Rica in Pictures, and Brazil in Pictures as well as scripts for television.
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Table of Contents

Welcome!     4
The Himalayas     6
Big River     8
First Indians     10
Modern Indians     12
Language     14
Getting Around     16
Religions     18
Caste System     20
Village Life     22
City Life     24
Two Indias     26
Family     28
Food     30
Clothing     32
School Days     34
Holidays     36
Cricket Time     38
Movies     40
Music     42
The Flag of India     44
Fast Facts     45
Glossary     46
To Learn More     47
Index     48
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