People Around the World

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Take a trip around the globe and meet the people and lifestyles that make up our world in this richly illustrated reference.

Organized into eight chapters—continent by continent, and then by smaller geographical areas—People Around the World is packed with photographs and takes the reader on a kaleidoscopic tour of people and their lifestyles. Young readers will gain a truly global perspective on how people live as they discover how the inhabitants of familiar and unfamiliar ...

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New York, NY 2002 Hard Cover First Edition, First Printing Collectible-New in New jacket First Edition, First Printing BRAND NEW & Collectible. First Edition, First Printing. ... Overview of the World Order written with young readers and pre-college students in mind. Superb photography, judiciously selected to augment text. Subject matter arranged by continent beginning with topological maps; discussion of countries, unique cultures, socio-economic conditions integrated with geographical settings and climatic conditions. Sectors following a political map of the world are: 1, Introduction; 2, Artic & Sub-Artic; 3, Europe; 4, North Amercia; 5, South America; 6, Africa; 7, Asia; and, 8, Australia & the Pacific. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Take a trip around the globe and meet the people and lifestyles that make up our world in this richly illustrated reference.

Organized into eight chapters—continent by continent, and then by smaller geographical areas—People Around the World is packed with photographs and takes the reader on a kaleidoscopic tour of people and their lifestyles. Young readers will gain a truly global perspective on how people live as they discover how the inhabitants of familiar and unfamiliar places dress, earn a living, and enjoy their leisure time. Along the way they'll also find out what foods different people eat, what languages they speak, what they believe in, and how they are governed.

Special Features

•A reference section at the end of each chapter covers literacy rates, population densities, currencies, and life expectancies

•Chapter openers include a map and scene-setting photographs

•Superb photographs of children and adults in representative, everyday settings

•Comprehensive index

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Brimming with sumptuous photographs, this up-to-date reference provides the reader or researcher with a concise overview of various countries of the globe, doing an excellent job of conveying what life is like today in the world's myriad areas. Large land areas such as South America and Asia are broken into smaller sections and then further into individual countries. Each chapter begins with a map of the larger area and highlights special information in boxes. For example, on the map of Europe, readers learn that Europe's smallest country is Vatican City. The text provides information about the food, languages, religions, form of government, and geographical features of each specific country. An interesting aspect is the inclusion of popular national figures such as Saurav Ganguly, India's cricket hero, and Jonah Lomu, New Zealand's soccer star. Each chapter ends with a box that provides additional details such as the country's flag, capital, population, adult literacy rate, and life expectancy. The most outstanding feature of this volume is the crisp and colorful photography. The integration of text and photos is eye-catching, and the juxtaposition of selected photos, such as kimono-clad girls against modern Tokyo, is striking. The images admirably convey diversity. Although this volume is richly illustrated, the currency of the text and the factual information offered is suitable for students in grades six through nine looking for quick facts or an introduction to either a region or a country. Index. Photos. Maps. 2002, Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin, 256p,
— Rachelle Bilz
Children's Literature
Antony Mason's large, bright book opens with a map of the world and an interesting introduction that discusses the ideas of global influence, international culture, and cultural identity. Seven chapters—one for each continent except Antarctica, which is replaced by peoples of the northern Arctic circle—follow. Each chapter is different; some have separate entries for every country, while other chapters generalize and group multiple small countries together. The book's most useful features are the chapter conclusions which show illustrations of each country's flag and provide fact summaries. The book finishes with an extensive, impressively cross-referenced index. Mason's book is valuable in many ways. He includes current maps and has made an effort to note existent political and economic instability; "war torn Afghanistan" is an example. Every single page features beautiful color photographs that may entice younger readers who otherwise would be uninterested in world geography. However, active readers will quickly notice all the photographs are beautiful and nearly every face is smiling, even to the point of contradiction when captions read "people have...very little money" or "shantytowns do not have clean water supplies, and...cholera...is a problem." Readers should be aware that Mason's book promotes browsing, and features a disproportionate amount of information. Many of Mason's headings, such as "the rest of Southern Asia," and sparse entries—5 paragraphs on Mexico—seem like grave oversights. Africa, with 53 unique countries, is grouped into 5 categories on a sparse 22 pages, while the USA has 22 pages alone—one with a full page photograph of Britney Spears.Despite these weaknesses, Mason has compiled a fresh fact book that could provide an invaluable starting point for curious young readers, but it is not suitable for readers at the top of its recommended age group. 2002, Kingfisher, Ages 9 to 14.
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Gr 5-7-This volume presents the cultural, social, and economic aspects of selected countries and explains the geographical reasons for their uniqueness. At the same time, the author emphasizes the interaction of world cultures, their influences upon each other, and the inevitability of globalization. The chapters are arranged by continent, each prefaced with a map. Within each one, several nations and/or regions are examined in sections of varying length. For example, for Asia, 7 countries and 4 regions are examined, 14 pages are devoted to information and photos of South America in general and another 2 to Brazil, while the continent of Africa is broken down into 5 areas. The U.S. receives the most attention. Brief historical background is offered for the chosen places and large color photographs depict urban and country scenes, technological achievements, or cultural aspects (often showing a traditional costume). At the end of each chapter, boxes note important statistics for each country and include a small color picture of the national flag. The writing is clear and engaging and the statistical information is useful. There is a seven-page index and an extensive acknowledgments page for the photographs, but no sources for the statistics. While the book will be of limited use for reports, it's a browser's delight.-Marlene Gawron, formerly at Orange County Library, Orlando, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753454978
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: General Reference Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Antony Mason is an experienced author and contributer to more than sixty informational titles for both children and adults. His books include Kingfigher's First Picture Atlas.

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Table of Contents

Map of the World 6
Introduction 8
Arctic and Subarctic 12
Map of the Arctic and Subarctic 13
Arctic and Subarctic 14
Facts and figures 16
Europe 17
Map of Europe 18
Scandinavia and northern Europe 20
The Baltic States 24
The British Isles 26
France 30
Germany 33
The Low Countries 36
The Iberian Peninsula 39
Italy and its neighbors 42
Central Europe 45
Eastern Europe 51
Russia 54
Facts and figures 58
North America 67
Map of North and Central America 68
The United States of America 69
Canada 90
Mexico 96
The Caribbean 98
Central America 102
Facts and figures 108
South America 113
Map of South America 114
South America 115
Brazil 124
Facts and figures 126
Africa 129
Map of Africa 130
Northern Africa 131
Eastern Africa 136
Western Africa 140
Central Africa 145
Southern Africa 148
Facts and figures 152
Asia 161
Map of Asia 162
Western and Southern Asia
The Middle East 164
Central Asia 170
India 174
Pakistan 179
The rest of southern Asia 182
Facts and figures 188
Eastern Asia
Mongolia 193
China 196
Taiwan 201
Japan 202
Korea 206
Southeast Asia 208
Facts and figures 218
Australia and the Pacific 223
Map of Australia and the Pacific 224
Australia 226
New Zealand 234
Pacific Islands 238
Facts and figures 246
Index 249
Acknowledgments 256
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