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Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
The colorful country of Japan lies in the Pacific Ocean close to China. Four major islands and several others make up Japan. This book is one of the Big Buddy Books in the “Explore the Countries” series. It allows readers to discover many highlights of Japan’s history, geographical components, natural resources, major industries, and the people who live there. A middle spread timeline encompasses the nation from 794 to 2011. Every two pages make up one chapter that uses easy text and large vibrant photos to dole out pertinent information. An extra fact box called “Did You Know?” is added to every spread. An informative end spread called “Tour Book” holds five major points such as what to explore and discover in Japan. In addition, a summary page, glossary, web sites, and index are included. The book is aligned to meet common core standards that relate to state standards. Its material is concise, well written and gives a complete overview of the country. All books in the series work well as supplemental material for learning about countries in the world and for report gathering. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury; Ages 7 to 10.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—With a format that combines large, bright photos and brief text, these books provide basic introductions to world countries. Each titles opens with maps that locate the country and its most important cities and then touches on its history and flag, geography, economy, culture, most famous people, and more. "Tour Book" sections suggest places to visit and things to do and "Up Close" pages list basic facts. The attractive, well-captioned photos are the strongest elements of the set, but don't fully compensate for the text that is limited to only a few sentences per page. Overgeneralization, superficial coverage, and an annoying overuse of exclamation points will further limit this set's usefulness to report writers; it should be considered as an additional purchase where picture-heavy books to aid developing readers are in demand.

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ABDO Publishing Company
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Explore the Countries Series
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Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.30(d)
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Japan 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CHINA U SUCK \–•.•–/ - japan CHina- /•_•\
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok ,americans say the same things about japanese people.
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