The Middle East

The Middle East

by Gerard Cheshire

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Children's Literature
The Middle East book from the "Cultures and Costumes: Symbols of their Period" series is a very good book to introduce children to the garb common to that part of the world. Chapters explain the geography and history of each region before describing the costumes of men and women of that area. Explanations of the reasons for types of clothing are included when required, such as religion and environment. The regions included in the book are Egypt, the Assyrian Empire, Arabia, Persia and Iran, and Israel. There are no photographs, but numerous illustrations and some reproductions of 18th and 19th century art give the reader a clear picture of the clothing, jewelry, and other items characteristic of each region. Possible unfamiliar words are written in bold type and appear in a glossary, allowing the child to be introduced to new vocabulary in context. A timeline of the Middle East from 3100 B.C. to 1972 A.D. organizes the history mentioned earlier in the text into an easy-to-follow outline. This book is more than just pictures and descriptions of clothing: it explains very well the reasons behind garb particular to different countries and people, be they religious, environmental, or traditional. 2003, Mason Crest,
— Amie Rose Rotruck

Product Details

Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
Cultures and Costumes Series
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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