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Mexico the People

Mexico the People

by Bobbie Kalman, Bobbie Kalman

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Children's Literature
The people of Mexico, diverse and fascinating, are presented here in clear and succinct fashion. Generally, the people of Mexico are hard working and family oriented, with several generations often living under one roof. Kalman presents several aspects that make the people of Mexico unique, from family life to clothing and costumes to religions and beliefs. The people of Mexico have taken aspects from both the ancient civilizations of Mexico and the Spanish conquerors who came later to create a lifestyle that is uniquely their own. Each section includes full-color illustrations. Words found in the glossary are found in bold font throughout the text. Also included is an index. Part of the "Lands, People, and Cultures Series." 2002, Crabtree, $7.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
Children's Literature - Victoria Ryles
Historic glimpses are given on pertinent topics such as ancient civilizations, Independence, Revolution, and the current political climate. The ancestral origins of today's population are explored as are religious beliefs, family life, changes in women's roles, types of employment, and the issues of unemployment, poverty, educational opportunities, "heroes and icons," and immigration. Lifestyles among those living on farms, in cities, and in villages are compared and contrasted. The information is well organized and summarized with many insightful details, including helpful illustrations and photographs. Their captions often provide extra points of interest. Students can relate to daily life by reading "Juanita's Day," a day in the life of a modern city girl their age. The author does not just create an ideal picture, but rather tries to present issues as well, such as the unhealthy working conditions in factories. Students will be left with a basic understanding of people and life in Mexico along with the country's strengths and challenges, explained to a degree appropriate to their maturity level. Two other books about Mexico are part of this series entitled "The Lands, Peoples, and Cultures Series." Reviewer: Victoria Ryles
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

These revisions have undergone noticeable changes since the 1993 and 2002 printings. The majority of the photos have been replaced, resized, or rearranged; chapters include updated information such as new population figures; and arbitrary comments, such as stating that Mexicans have the best-behaved kids in the world, have been removed. Culture covers ancient civilizations, holidays, arts and crafts, foods, music, literature, and sports. Land describes the terrains and regions of the country, natural disasters such as volcanoes and earthquakes, and problems presented by industrialized cities and lack of farmland. People discusses the many hardships Mexicans face, and their perseverance. Its content overlaps that in Culture , as both books open with information on the country's ancient civilizations, but this book also includes a 10-entry time line on the first two spreads that covers history through 1994. It goes on to describe clothing, religion, language, and work, in rural and urban areas. The glossary and index are noticeably smaller than in the first editions. Reliable information for reports.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-There are some changes in these updated versions of the 1993 titles-increases in population, highways and railroad tracks are noted, and many pictures have been replaced-but the revisions are not significant. Culture highlights the arts, music, dance, legends, holidays, cooking, sports, and language. Land is a mixed bag-true to its title, it delves into geography, earthquakes, volcanoes, and resources, but it also speaks of illegal immigration into the U.S. and problems between the rich and the poor. People focuses on aspects of daily lives. There is overlap among the books-all three have very similar sections on Mexico's ancient cultures. Culture and People have some repetition dealing with religion and holidays. Nevertheless, the photos are bright and clear, the texts are readable, and the length of the books makes them a less formidable resource for research projects than many reference books.-Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
Lands, Peoples and Cultures Series
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Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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