Slovakia sits at the very center of the European continent. Fighting pollution today, this largely rural country fights to protect its many undeveloped forests and endangered wildlife.
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This book is not a very good presentation of Slovakia and doesn´t match the truth. I was expecting lot of pictures of the country and beautiful mountains and castles according to the title of the book, but instead I have found lot of not interesting and incomplete information. For example there is a story about Elizabeth Bathory but the story doesn´t even say where should a tourist go to find out more about her or where did this story take place. By the way, Elizabeth Bathory lived on Cachtice castle near Trencin, which is nowadays only a ruin. Not all the information are bad, but it is a presentation of country by the person who is not at home here so cannot see the real beauty of the land and the culture.
Do you know what bryndzave halusky are? If you do then you will not only know they are "small potato dumplings, topped with bacon and sheep's milkcheese" and, if you are particularly astute, will know that they are the national dish of Slovakia. Slovakia is a small, landlocked country in the "heart of Europe." Its long political, and sometimes tumultuous history, began in the 5th century A.D. with the arrival of the Slavs, the Slovaks' ancestors. In this book you will read about how the people of this country were once a part of the Morovian Empire, Hungary, and later Czechoslovakia. You'll also learn about the changing political climate throughout time. For example, one of the more recent changes saw the country adopt its own constitution after separating from Czechoslovakia in 1993. In this book you'll learn about the fujara, fanforka, gajdy, and the cymbal, all traditional Slovak instruments. Yes, they even like musical styles like Hip Hop as the "Slovak musicians embraced western styles." Naturally such a small country doesn't have a Hollywood, but it was the "tenth country in the world to make feature-length films." There are many things to learn about this fascinating and beautiful country. You'll also learn about their flora and fauna, their undeveloped forests, specific challenges the country faces, their climate, their natural resources, environmental issues (pollution), industries, what they manufacture, you'll get to take an in depth look at their history and government, their holidays, foods, their tourist attractions, and you'll learn many more interesting facets of this very interesting country. If you think bryndzave halusky sound delicious you can even try your hand at making them from the recipe included in these pages! This book proved to be a wonderful whirlwind tour through Slovakia, but once the information is on the publisher's website there will be additional links to the land, the people, cultural life, teacher resources, and links to things such as video clips. There will be photographs, maps, and a flag that can be downloaded for reports. There are instructions on how to print images, how to create an outline for a report, report writing tips, and instructions on how to write a bibliography. The site can be accessed by any student who needs a "homework helper." There are numerous photographs, informative sidebars, and a map inside the pages of this book. One of the more interesting sidebars is about Elizabeth Bathory, the "Blood Countess," one of the "deadliest female serial killers in history." In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, a timeline, a brief description of Slovakian currency, some fast facts, sections on the flag, the national anthem, biographies of famous people, a listing of sights to see, a selected bibliography, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. Quill says: This is a fascinating look at Slovakia, a small central European country that the young geography buff will enjoy reading about.