Gr 5-9-Students will learn a great deal not only about the history of Pakistan and important recent events, but also about the people, including life styles and languages. Unfortunately, the section on circumcision, described as a major cultural event, does not explain what it is. The section on popular culture and leisure activities presents a side of Pakistan not usually seen in mass-media publications. Excellent-quality, full-color photographs and sidebars highlight special information and make this book accessible and appealing. There is much to be learned here about ethnic diversity, Islam, and the formation of new nations. A gold mine of information for reports.-Nancy E. Zuwiyya, Binghamton High School, NY
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-An up-to-date, in-depth look at the country's geography, history, contemporary issues, and culture. Ample coverage is provided on the many unique aspects of Pakistani life, such as death rituals, the Pashtun code of honor, and the wearing of the burqa. The ritual of circumcision is included, although the author does not explain what the procedure actually entails. The section on the country's five major groups of people is the best, providing a real sense of the cultural diversity that exists. Full-color photos and maps (including cultural and economic maps) support the text. Useful for both report writing and fact checking, this title provides a solid introduction to Pakistan.-Robyn Walker, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.