A Is for the Americas

A Is for the Americas

by Cynthia Chin-Lee, Enrique O. Sanchez, Terri De la Pena
     
 

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An unusual alphabet book that introduces young readers to the different events, foods, animals, crafts and traditions that make the Americas (North, Central and South) what they are. Presented in the same format as Chin-Lee's A Is for Asia, Americas goes from A to Z and even covers II, n and ch, three characters from the Spanish alphabet. See more details below

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An unusual alphabet book that introduces young readers to the different events, foods, animals, crafts and traditions that make the Americas (North, Central and South) what they are. Presented in the same format as Chin-Lee's A Is for Asia, Americas goes from A to Z and even covers II, n and ch, three characters from the Spanish alphabet.

Editorial Reviews

This interesting book jumps all over the Americas from Alaska to the Andes as it describes words for each letter of the alphabet, including the three additional Spanish characters CH, LL, and Ñ. I really enjoyed the illustrations and learned some fascinating facts! A good choice to help children understand that America is not only the USA! 1999, Orchard Books, $6.95. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Library Journal - Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Not intended as a concept book, this title uses the alphabet to represent the rich diversity that exists among the lands and peoples of the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, and Central and South America. This eclectic A-to-Z introduces readers to fauna, festivals, and food-some familiar and some quite unusual-such as the ocelot and and , carnaval and Xang , empanadas and jalape os. Acrylic-and-gouache paintings aptly illustrate this celebration of the many cultures of the Americas.-Marisa Parish, New York Public Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This alphabet guide to North, Central, and South America gives a good indication of the land's cultural and geographic sweep, from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego, including its 48 countries and dependencies and 11 large language groups. The territory is vast, comfortably accommodating J for "jalapeño" (Mexican) and K is for "kayak" (Inuit), plus ocelots, llamas, empanadas, and igloos. As Spanish is the predominant language in the Americas, there is a strong Latin texture to the book, with Native American and African influences also fairly conspicuous. Each entry is sensibly explained and set in its context as much as possible. The authors don't attempt encyclopedic coverage, but rather peek into some cultural byways; there is information served up as simple nuggets of insight, as well as facts that are provocative, which may well send readers off on further exploration. Sanchez's artwork is highly descriptive, with lots of color and an emphasis on clothing and architecture, and infusing dry portions of the text with life. (Picture book. 5-9) .

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531331941
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.57(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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