South Africa

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Travel with us by plane, car, and train to learn about South Africa, its countryside, and towns. We'll see how people live and sample different types of food. We'll explore Cape Town, visit a gold mine, and travel across the Great Karoo.

The Been There series explores countries through a "travel diary," with all the excitement of a real visit, and provides historical and ...

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Overview

Travel with us by plane, car, and train to learn about South Africa, its countryside, and towns. We'll see how people live and sample different types of food. We'll explore Cape Town, visit a gold mine, and travel across the Great Karoo.

The Been There series explores countries through a "travel diary," with all the excitement of a real visit, and provides historical and geographical information. Come with us as we journey to some of the most exciting countries in the world.

Special features include:

A country Fact File

Full color map showing our route around the country

Fascinating fact boxes

Some first words in the main language of the country

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
"Been There!" This travel series is organized as if a young tourist were visiting one country and writing a diary about sights seen and people met. It is a quick trip, almost like "If this is Friday, it must be Johannesburg," but allowing enough time to hit the highlights and sample some boerewors (spiced sausage) and bobotie (spicy beef and egg custard). After a short exploration of Johannesburg, double-page spreads take the traveler to new destinations shown in big color photos, sometimes rather gaudy, especially when combined with sidebars in other bright colors. Still, the sights are worth seeing: Kruger National Park (travelers see lions, leopards, buffalo, and a herd of elephants), the township of Soweto (where the poor live in sheet metal houses), a gold mine to pan for gold, and a model Zulu village near Durban where women dress in colorful clothing decorated with beads. Especially awesome is an overnight train journey through farmland, vineyards, and an enormous (400,000 square kilometers) dry plain or semi-desert called the Great Karoo. A visit to Cape Town includes Robben Island [now a World Heritage site] where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain for a spectacular view of the area. Last stop is the stormy Cape Peninsula and a detour to watch a penguin colony at Boulders Beach. This volume could attract browsers or be used as an introduction to a study of South Africa (kids can also learn a few isiZulu phrases and master counting to ten). For a bit more depth, readers might enjoy Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales (Norton, 2007), Peter Vennema and Diane Stanley's Shaka, King of the Zulus (HarperCollins, 1994) or Dereck and Beverly Joubert's Face to Face with Elephants (National Geographic, 2008). Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599204758
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Been There! Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Off to South Africa! 4

Arriving in Johannesburg 6

Visiting a Gold Mine 8

Kruger National Park 10

Exploring Durban 12

At the Beach 14

Zulu Village Life 16

In the Mountains 18

A Capital City 20

On the Train 22

Arriving in Cape Town 24

Up to Table Mountain 26

A Fun last Day 28

My First Words in IsiZulu 30

Words to Remember 31

Index 32

Learning More about South Africa 32

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