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Children's LiteratureThis book gives an overview of Indonesia including its culture, geography, and history. Indonesia is an archipelago located in Southeast Asia. It has approximately 17,500 islands and is inhabited by more than 231 million people. It is typically hot and humid and can receive over 140 inches of rain in the rainy season. Many exotic animals are found in Indonesia including tigers, orangutans, komodo dragons, and death adders. Hundreds of years ago Indonesia was heavily into international trade and was known as the "Spice Islands" because of their spice trade. There are many ethic groups in Indonesia and though the official language is Indonesian, there are over 500 other languages spoken. The book discusses the history, prominent religions, a few of their large cities and popular tourist islands. It also discusses culture, arts, and food that are typical of Indonesia. This book is wonderful for educators who are interested in teaching children about other parts of the world. It gives enough detail to be understood, but not overwhelming. The photographs help bring Indonesia and its people to life. This book is part of the "First Reports" series. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 7 to 9.