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Italy ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Italy


An alphabetical exploration of the people, geography, animals, plants, history, and culture of Italy.
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An alphabetical exploration of the people, geography, animals, plants, history, and culture of Italy.
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Children's Literature
The opening spread reads, "Buongiorno! (bohn-JOOR-no)" and goes on to explain how people in Italy greet each other plus a few other interesting facts about Italy. Italy is famous for its ancient cities and beautiful art. It has more tourists visit each year than its own population. This first page also shows where Italy is on a map of Europe. After this brief introduction, the alphabet part of the book begins with "A is for art." and "B is for boot-shaped." Each double-paged spread features two letters of the alphabet prominently displayed in upper and lower case, a short sentence in a large bold font, a brief paragraph explaining more about the topic, and a tiny "Fast Fact" section with a bit of trivia on the same subject. Some of the words chosen are refreshingly fun. "E is for Etna," refers to Mount Etna, one of Italy's active volcanoes. "K is for kingdom," refers to the division of Italy into Kingdoms of Venice, Rome, Sardinia, and Naples. "S is for scooters," refers to the most popular form of transportation on Italy's narrow streets. As in most alphabet books, the "x" word, "export," does not begin with that letter but sounds like it does. Any time an Italian word is mentioned, the phonetic pronunciation follows in brackets. The colorful illustrations are in a fun, loose, sketchy style, reminiscent of books published in the fifties. The back matter contains a "Quick Facts" section, an Italian pronunciation guide for a few words, a small bibliography, some web sites, a glossary, and an index. This book is part of Picture Window Books' "Country ABCs" series, which includes the books about Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Israel, Italy, Japan,Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, and The United States. 2006, Picture Window Books, Ages 5 to 9.
—Sally J. K. Davies
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-These books are colorfully illustrated, but the information is trivial and often incomplete. Unlike Justine and Ron Fontes's France, India, and Italy (all Children's Press, 2003), the words for each letter are not standardized across the set, but unique to each title. While this may increase creativity, it also results in inconsistency and in some odd choices (in France, "K is for Kilogram"; in Italy, Leonardo da Vinci is discussed and depicted twice, under "A is for Art" and "Ll"). The maps are totally inadequate, ignoring most of the cities, regions, and geographical features mentioned in the texts. The titles conclude with brief facts, general phrases, and glossaries. Younger students to whom these are read won't understand much of the content, while those old enough to use the books on their own should be referred to the "What's It Like to Live In-?" series (McGraw-Hill) or the "First Reports" series (Compass Point).-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404819207
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Country ABCs Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 576,155
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.86 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

PWB Biography:
Sharon Katz Cooper has written more than 25 books and articles for children. She has also written several books and articles for adults—but those are less fun. Several of her books have been finalists for the Association of Educational Publishers (EdPress) awards.

Sharon lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband, Jason, and her son, Reuven. She likes to cook, travel, wear hats, eat chocolate, and read other children’s books. In her spare time, she helps to design museum exhibits.

CPB Biography:
Sharon Katz Cooper is a writer and science educator. She enjoys writing about science and social studies topics for children and young adults. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband, Jason, and son, Reuven.

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