South Africa (National Geographic Countries of the World Series)

South Africa (National Geographic Countries of the World Series)

by Virginia Mace
     
 

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426302039
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
01/08/2008
Series:
National Geographic Countries of the World Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,161,216
Product dimensions:
7.65(w) x 9.81(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1060L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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