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Children's LiteratureJamaica's interesting cultural history is explained in this well-written, beautifully photographed book of our neighbor to the south. For many people in North America, Jamaica is a vacationer's paradise and few know of the tumultuous history and rich cultural heritage of its proud residents. In this "Countries of the World" series book, the author first gives a general overview of the country that includes information of the geography, history, government and culture of the country. Next, the book details important cultural and historical events that have shaped the nation into what it is today. Such issues as reggae music, pollution problems and cultural icons are explained in two-page chapters that are accompanied by beautiful photographs. Additionally, information is easily accessible within the table of contents, index, and glossary, along with suggested book titles, videos, and Web sites to visit. 2003, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 12 up.
—Melissa A. Caudill