Children's LiteratureThe art, architecture, music, religion and traditions of the Italian people are explored in this useful text. Vivid photographs depict the beauty and splendor found throughout Italy in its buildings, paintings, opera and festivals. The chapter about the Italian language covers dialects, body language, literature and important writers. The book includes an old tale to illustrate the rich tradition of Italian folktales. A glimpse into the elements that compose Italy's fascinating culture is provided in an entertaining format. This title, which features a glossary and an index, is one in the publisher's "The Lands, Peoples, and Cultures" series. 2001, Crabtree Publishing, $20.60 and $7.95. Ages 9 to 13. Reviewer:Jeanne K. Pettenati
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-7-These three slim overviews could have been issued as one title. Culture covers religion and Vatican City and touches briefly on the country's festivals, artists, architecture, music, theatre and film, and literature. A weak folktale, appended at the end, seems out of place. Land contains a map of the country and details about the topography. Major cities such as Rome, Florence, Milan, Naples, and Turin are highlighted along with the nation's industry, transportation, and environment. People devotes a few pages to history, contains a section that contrasts country life to city life, and mentions education and sports. The strengths of these books are the myriad captioned quality photos. Libraries owning Jean F. Blashfield's Italy (Children's, 1999) can look to Nickles's volumes as strictly supplemental purchases.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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