Children's Literature - Sue PreslarThis book on Japan is one of several in a series called "Country Insights." Not only is it illustrated with photos and helpful graphs, the information provided will answer many questions a child might have about the traditions and lifestyles of people in Japan. The table of contents, glossary, and index make locating topics of interest easy. Children are more inquisitive than ever about other countries, and this book is a well-done contribution to the information genre.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-7Urban and rural life are compared and contrasted in these two attractive offerings filled with full-color photographs in a variety of appealing layouts. Japan focuses on the city of Okazaki and the small village of Narai, Brazil on Sao Paulo and Horto. Topics covered include landscape and climate, home life, work, education, recreation, and the outlook for the future. General subjects are discussed on one double-page spread, followed by one spread for the city and one for the village. Boxes give additional facts or quotations from residents. The clearly written texts are not without flaws. One might question calling Japan "the world leader in the production of cars, machinery, and electronics" or "the world's leader in science and technology." Some of the historical information is also incorrect. Brazil understates the poverty found in the city. See Irene Galvin's Brazil (Marshall Cavendish, 1996) for a more realistic appraisal at a slightly higher reading level.Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
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