Ireland (National Geographic Countries of the World Series)


Visit Ireland, ancient land of "a hundred thousand welcomes." Learn of the mythic history of this island on the western outskirts of Europe. Share in the many stories, myths, and songs that Ireland has given the world. What is the "Celtic Tiger" and why is it roaring so loudly? Travel west to the "Gaeltacht," where Gaelic is still the language of the land.

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Visit Ireland, ancient land of "a hundred thousand welcomes." Learn of the mythic history of this island on the western outskirts of Europe. Share in the many stories, myths, and songs that Ireland has given the world. What is the "Celtic Tiger" and why is it roaring so loudly? Travel west to the "Gaeltacht," where Gaelic is still the language of the land.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheryl O'Sullivan
From the endearing photographs of cheering Irish children that begin the book, to the images near the end showing Belfast murals that tell of the recent "Troubles" in Northern Ireland, students will be engaged throughout this book. Another high-quality National Geographic product, and part of their "Countries of the World" series, this book provides young readers with a tremendous amount of information in a very accessible format. Knowledgeable authors and consultants lend credibility to chapters on the topics of geography, nature, history, people, government, and so forth. Timelines and maps are provided throughout the book to address different issues. There are several sidebars containing such information as average rainfall, population growth, and other fast facts. Interesting asides add little tidbits about such subjects as Irish dogs, Irish mythology, and bog bodies. The issues surrounding the political division between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are handled in a straightforward and sensitive way. Research aides like an index, a glossary, and a bibliography are age appropriate. An "Add a Little Extra to Your Country Report" feature provides websites, through which a child can dig more deeply into various aspects of Ireland. In a time when books about Ireland are plentiful for all age levels, this book is one of the best for providing a great deal of information in a child-friendly way. Teachers might consider using it around St. Patrick's Day to go beyond the Irish stereotype of little-green-men that is usually prevalent around that holiday. Reviewer: Sheryl O'Sullivan
VOYA - Shari Fesko
Even though there are already many excellent nonfiction books that explore the countries of the world, this latest series is not to be missed. Known for an incredible attention to the facts and absolutely breathtaking photographs, the publisher does not disappoint and makes the country information more accessible to younger readers. These slim volumes are full of useful and entertaining data on everything from the weather to the economy and much more. Both titles selected for this review, Ireland and Israel, are extremely impressive. The past, present, and future of both countries are covered in fascinating detail in easy-to-understand language that does not talk down to its younger audience. The photographs themselves tell a great deal about the country. For instance, the volume on Israel includes a photo featuring high school students with machine guns stowed under their desks. A powerful image, and like every photo in these volumes, it is accompanied by a clear, concise caption complete with an arrow pointing to the image it is explaining. A section at the end of each volume called, "Add a little extra to your country report," gives tips on Web sites to find further information on things such as the country's national anthem, flag, and currency. This series is perfect for students not quite ready for Scholastic's longer, more complicated Enchantment of the World books. Reviewer: Shari Fesko
School Library Journal

Gr 4-8

Students have a variety of sources to peruse regarding countries, but these books stand out because of their accessible facts and excellent, plentiful color images. Short chapters cover geography, nature, history, culture, and government and economy. Text boxes extend into a variety of issues including popular culture, customs, and celebrations. Full-page, landscape-oriented maps afford wide insight into aspects of the lands such as physical features, vegetation and ecosystems, and population. The books discuss recent developments as well as historical milestones. They will satisfy general interests and needs for history, geography, world languages, or cross-curricular projects.-Beth McGuire, Fannett-Metal School District, Willow Hill, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426302992
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Series: National Geographic Countries of the World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     4
Geography: Forty Shades of Green     7
At a Glance     8
What's the Weather Like?
Fast Facts
Average Temperature & Rainfall
Physical Map
Special Feature: Bogs Down and Up     11
Special Feature: Connecting Cable     13
Nature: In Touch with Nature     15
At a Glance     16
Protecting Wildlife
Species at Risk
Vegetation & Ecosystems Map
Special Feature: Eagle Rescue     19
Special Feature: The Salmon of Knowledge     20
Special Feature: Patrick and the Snakes     21
History: Comings and Goings     23
At a Glance     24
Ancient Civilizations
Time line
Historical Map
Special Feature: Bog Bodies     26
Special Feature: Lighting the Way     27
Special Feature: The Book of Kells     28
Special Feature: The Irish Abroad     31
People & Culture: Tradition and Change     35
At a Glance     36
New Arrivals
Common Irish Phrases
Population Map
Special Feature: Fowl Reading     38
Special Feature: Highly Strung     39
Special Feature: High-Tech Music     43
Special Feature: National Holidays     44
Special Feature: Running with the Ball     45
Government & Economy: Changing Fortunes     47
At a Glance     48
Getting Represented
Trading Partners
Political Map
Special Feature: How the Government Works     50
Special Feature: Entering Europe     51
Special Feature: Trouble in the North     53
Special Feature Map: Industry     55
Special Feature: Madam President     56
Add a Little Extra to Your Country Report!     58
Glossary     60
Bibliography     61
Further Information
Index     62
Credits     64
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