School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-4-In these slender volumes, short introductions are followed by three chapters on special days, religious holidays, and/or national days of celebration. Both titles include 16 pages of simple recipes. Moroccan Foods has mistakes and puts so much emphasis on the exotic elements that readers may get the impression that there is no urban culture at all. Russian Foods is riddled with errors. There are cultural stereotypes: "Every adult in Russia drinks tea and vodka.-Many Russians have vodka with every meal except breakfast." Cultural misinformation abounds including statements such as "During Lent, Russians cannot eat meat and dairy products-." Basic geography is wrong; about Siberia, the author states, "For six months of the year, the sun never comes up." According to the glossary, the Soviet Union was composed of "the countries that made up the communist states in Asia and Europe." Finally, it seems odd that there are so few photographs of children in books for this age group. Moroccan Foods includes one photo of a boy selling olives, while in Russian Foods a child is visible in only one photo of a crowd. The bibliographies recommend titles that give far more accurate depictions of these cultures.-Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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