Children's LiteratureThe ancient land of Italy is a study in contrasts. Snowcapped mountains, fertile valleys, rocky coastlines and sandy beaches are found on the Italian Peninsula. In addition, the country includes approximately 70 Mediterranean islands. Students will gain an excellent perspective about the varied geography, climate and inhabitants of Italy with this book. Crisp color photos capture the essence of Italy's unique cities. Some of the dramatic photos include pictures of ancient Rome, the Italian Riviera, a village in the Alps, a Tuscan vineyard and the splendor of Venice. A glossary and index are provided in the back of the book. This title 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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