South Africa

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Visit the southernmost country in Africa, and one of the most scenic places on Earth. Discover a nation of over 47 million people, with eleven official languages. Meet Nelson Mandela, the father of modern South Africa, an inspirational symbol of freedom worldwide, and winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. Learn of South Africa’s long and torturous struggle against apartheid. Discover how its rich plant biodiversity and varied landscape distinguishes South Africa as one of the ...
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Overview

Visit the southernmost country in Africa, and one of the most scenic places on Earth. Discover a nation of over 47 million people, with eleven official languages. Meet Nelson Mandela, the father of modern South Africa, an inspirational symbol of freedom worldwide, and winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. Learn of South Africa’s long and torturous struggle against apartheid. Discover how its rich plant biodiversity and varied landscape distinguishes South Africa as one of the world’s rare "Megadiverse" countries.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Kids planning reports will welcome this "Countries of the World" series with its abundance of information packed into an appealing format illustrated by the lively and well-reproduced color photos one would expect from National Geographic. Five sections cover geography, nature, history, people and culture, and government and economy, each highlighted by an appropriate map and sidebars with interesting, offbeat details. In South Africa, writers can learn about the country's deserts and mountains, sunny climate and high plateau with gold and uranium underneath. South Africa's legendary animals include aardvarks, white rhinos, meerkats and the deadly black mamba, while the history section whisks readers through the centuries with San, Xhosa and Zulu tribespeople, Boers, British, Afrikaners and freedom fighters. The new, free South Africa is home to Ndebele painters, singers like the "Princess of Africa" and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, beadworkers, inventive metal artisans, and enthusiastic sports lovers (South Africa will host the 2010 soccer World Cup). After a brief look at the transition from apartheid to democracy under Nelson Mandela, South Africa's problems (AIDS, unemployment), and resources (gold, diamonds, tourism), kids will appreciate the extra features: a useful bibliography of books, inviting websites and National Geographic articles as well as some super suggestions for ways to add zest to a report on South Africa. The final end papers reveal a timeline of South African history. This attractive series will be fun for browsers and offer a motivating push for reluctant report writers. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426302039
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 1/8/2008
  • Series: National Geographic Countries of the World Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 525,543
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.65 (w) x 9.81 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     4
Geography: A Land Without Equals     7
At a Glance     8
What's the Weather Like?
Fast Facts
Average Temperature & Rainfall
Physical Map
Special Feature: Dry Desolation     11
Special Feature: A Country Within a Country     12
Special Feature: Traveling Hopefully     13
Nature: From Aardvark to Zebra     17
At a Glance     18
Protecting Wildlife
Species at Risk
Vegetation & Ecosystems Map
Special Feature: The Upside-Down Tree     21
Special Feature: Desert Blooms     24
Special Feature: Pod Party     25
History: A Clash of Cultures     27
At a Glance     28
Cradle of Humankind
Time line
Historical Map
Special Feature: Painted Rocks     31
Special Feature: Shaka Attack     35
Special Feature: The Great Trek     37
Special Feature: Digging for Diamonds     38
Special Feature: You Have Struck a Rock     40
People & Culture: The Rainbow Nation     43
At a Glance     44
Moving to the City
Common South African Phrases
Population Map
Special Feature: Princess of Africa     46
Special Feature: Toys from Trash     47
Special Feature: NewYear Party     48
Special Feature: National Holidays     49
Government & Economy: A New Republic     51
At a Glance     52
Restructured Country
Trading Partners
Political Map
Special Feature: How the Government Works     54
Special Feature: Campaigning Bishop     55
Special Feature Map: Industry     56
Special Feature: Taking the Blue Train     57
Add a Little Extra to Your Country Report!     58
Glossary     60
Bibliography     61
Further Information
Index     62
Credits     64
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