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Japan the People

Japan the People

by Bobbie Kalman

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Children's Literature
The Japanese are a people steeped in tradition, yet on the cutting edge of the modern world. They value their children and family, as evidenced in how they treat their children and in their practice of ancestor worship. This book is part of a group of three, one each about the Japanese culture, land and people. In this offering, information is provided regarding the Japanese family, children and even the typical school day, as well as many other details of daily life. The explanations of language and home life may be of particular interest to readers, and the author's clear and simple language makes this book an excellent addition to any elementary school classroom. While providing interesting information, this book is just a starting point. A glossary is included as well as the poignant story of Sadako and the thousand paper cranes. Part of "The Lands, Peoples, and Cultures 2001, Crabtree Publishing, $20.60 and $7.95. Ages 5 to 12. Reviewer: John D. Orsborn
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The first spread contrasts traditional Japanese dress with crowds in Western dress in an unnamed Japanese city. There is even a sign in English offering coffee. Families are the heart of the society, but things are changing. Several generations no longer live together, and some mothers work outside the home. Children, once they reach school age, study very hard to get into the right university and to get a good job. Among the foods eaten, seafood is extremely popular, along with the rice and noodles. The Japanese language is extremely complex, and children and adults must learn both Kanji and Kana characters—pictographs and phonetic characters. The text offers a look at what a typical school day might be, probably a real eye-opener for American students. While the Japanese are friendly and hospitable, it is very hard for foreigners to ever really feel that they belong in this society. The book concludes with the story of Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes. There is a glossary, which defines bolded words in the text, and an index. This title is a part of "The Lands, Peoples, and Cultures" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

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Crabtree Publishing Company
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The Lands, Peoples, and Cultures Series
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Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.10(d)
IG940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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