Malta is a small group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea, between Europe and North Africa. Although very small in population, less than half a million, it has existed for over 6,000 years. The culture of Malta is rich in tradition due to its having been under the rule of the Phoenicians, then later the Romans and the Arabs. Every village has its own patron saint and celebrations are held in their honor. Christian holidays are celebrated with Maltese influence, such as the tradition on Christmas to give children saucers of water where seeds are sown, to be placed in the nativity. This represents the importance of the harvest. Through the rich use of photographs, maps and historical data, the reader will feel he has walked the streets of these small islands. An index, a glossary, a map with key, a bibliography and a quick notes page are included. This is a part of the "Cultures of the World" series. 2000, Marshall Cavendish, $35.64. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
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Gr 5-9-Broad overviews of each country's culture, geography, and history. The clearly presented, easy-to-understand texts discuss government, economy, people, lifestyles, religion, language, arts and leisure, festivals, and food. The logical sequence of the material makes it inviting and user-friendly. In addition, copious colorful photographs and reproductions complement and reinforce the facts presented. A local recipe may inspire further investigation of the culture. A "Quick Notes" page in each volume lists important facts and provides students with a handy referral and access to material. Appealing, informative, and engaging resources for reports.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.