Puerto Rico

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factories and palm trees, skyscrapers and remote mountain towns, universities and tropical rain forests. It is cars, coral, cliffs, and caves. Puerto Rico has been dominated by outsiders for centuries, ruled first by Spain, then by the United States. Though many Puerto Ricans are proud to be U.S. citizens, some have not given up the dream of having an independent country.

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Overview

factories and palm trees, skyscrapers and remote mountain towns, universities and tropical rain forests. It is cars, coral, cliffs, and caves. Puerto Rico has been dominated by outsiders for centuries, ruled first by Spain, then by the United States. Though many Puerto Ricans are proud to be U.S. citizens, some have not given up the dream of having an independent country.

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Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Up-to-date material for the social studies curriculum is always in demand so that teachers and students have access to accurate and timely information. As part of the series "Celebrate the States," this title should prove to be useful. Five chapters cover geography, history, government, economy as well as the life and culture of the varied population. The sixth chapter provides interesting information for a tour of the island's attractions. These include El Yunque, a tropical rainforest; the capital city, San Juan, a drive on the Panoramic Route and the Arecibo Observatory that is home to the world's largest radio telescope. Many maps, charts and beautiful, colored photographs supply additional information. A section titled Commonwealth Survey contains a wealth of topics. Among them are a timeline, a list of annual celebrations, the island's official anthem, brief biographies of famous Puerto Ricans and some unusual facts, such as: the special flavorings for both Pepsi and Coca-Cola are manufactured in the town of Cidra. Additional pages include an index, a bibliography and websites. Consider for purchase if new material is needed. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
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Did you know that the flavors for Coca-Cola and Pepsi are found in the Puerto Rican town of Cidra? And that the deepest waters of the Atlantic Ocean are located just off Puerto Rico's shores? This informative resource, filled with lush photos, a wealth of facts, songs, recipes and poetry, offers readers a rewarding look at the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The author presents the island's history, beauty, culture and diversity in a most fresh and inviting manner. The photos are colorful and plentiful, inviting all readers to come and explore. Each chapter explores a different aspect of the Commonwealth. In the opening chapter, we learn of Puerto Rico's stunning geographical layout and the flora and fauna that inhabit its mountains, forests and waters. Chapters about the history, government and economy of Puerto Rico are both helpful and enlightening. We learn of the people and their culture, and of the importance of family, friends, food and festivals. Puerto Rico has given the world some of its finest athletes, scientists, actors and musicians, such as Roberto Clemente, Rita Moreno, Julia de Burgos and Tito Puente. At the back of the book, helpful facts, the national anthem and its music, a timeline, a calendar of celebrations, a list of famous Puerto Ricans and additional resource make this volume complete. Part of the "Celebrate the States" series. 2001, Benchmark Books, $35.64. Ages 8 to 13. Reviewer: Catherine Campbell Wright
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761447344
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Series: Celebrate the States 11 Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Puerto Rico Is? 6

Chapter 1 Geography: Mountain in the Sea 9

A Jagged Landscape

Birds, Lizards, and Singing Frogs

Blazing Colors

Endless Summer

Catching Clouds

Hurricane Lane

Chapter 2 History: Centuries of Struggle 23

Before Columbus

The Friendliest People in the World

Slavery and War

The J?baros

Under the Yoke

American Rule

The Fight for Self-Government

Operation Bootstrap

Passionate Debate

Chapter 3 People: Island Life 43

Ta?no-Return of a Native People

The Chinese

Friends and Family

Cooking with Love

Music and Celebration

Education

Religion

Sports

Art and Literature

A Different Tempo

Chapter 4 Government: Working It Out 63

Inside Government

The Status Question

Chapter 5 Economy: Making a Living 73

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Tourism

Industry and Technology

Economic Problems

Chapter 6 Landmarks: A Tropical Tour 83

San Juan

Head for the Hills

Karst and Caves

Back to the Beach

A Walk in the Rain Forest

Commonwealth Survey 103

Find Out More 138

Index 141

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