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Children's Literature"Where in the World is Korea?" Readers are brought right to the Korean peninsula with this title and the opening page spread in this excellent introduction to Korea and the Korean people. A clear, one-page explanation and large, colorful map give children their geographical bearings in an effective way. The journey is interesting and entertaining, with lots of kid-friendly facts and photos. For example, a page is devoted to the Korean Jindo dog, a wild dog that is found on Jindo Island, off the coast of South Korea. The dogs have lived on the island for hundreds of years and are known for their extraordinary loyalty to their owners. The text provides information about both South and North Korea, weaving facts about history, culture, government, the economy, school days, food, and sports, in six chapters. A glossary, an index, and places to go for additional information, are provided at the back of the book. There is also a helpful spread with text and pictures devoted to "Fast Facts." This title, which is a valuable resource for elementary school libraries, is one in the publisher's "Discovering Cultures" series. 2004, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 8 to 11.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.