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Children's LiteratureKazakhstan is a nation with a long history but a relatively short record as an independent land. Formed in 1991 after the breakup of the USSR, Kazakhstan is a large nation that sprawls across Central Asia. Kazakhs are generally Muslims and their cultural heritage features a reliance upon the vast steppe that stretches across the nation. In this title in the "Countries of the World" series, readers are given a sound introduction to this distant land, its people, and the geography of a region that is often little understood. The selections included in the text deal with topics such as environmental issues, religious practices, ethnic diversity, geography, and natural features. Each selection is two pages in length and features several illustrations. The final portion of the book is dedicated to contemporary political, social, and cultural connections between Kazakhs and the West. Kazakhstan is a remote land that is just reemerging on the world scene. This book is a sound resource for better understanding that far-off land and its people. 2005, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck