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South America

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Some of the most colorful and amazing creatures in the world make the continent of South America their home. The jaguar (the biggest cat on the continent), the anaconda (the biggest snake in the world), the sloth (often covered with green algae) and the toucan (a bird with an enormous beak and bright feathers) are just some of these. Find out about South America's jungles, Spanish past and lost cities. They're all in this book! User-friendly maps let you know exactly where everything is. You'll find each colorful...

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Overview

Some of the most colorful and amazing creatures in the world make the continent of South America their home. The jaguar (the biggest cat on the continent), the anaconda (the biggest snake in the world), the sloth (often covered with green algae) and the toucan (a bird with an enormous beak and bright feathers) are just some of these. Find out about South America's jungles, Spanish past and lost cities. They're all in this book! User-friendly maps let you know exactly where everything is. You'll find each colorful flag displayed for each country. And look out for the page of removable stickers in the center and the interesting activity, useful glossary and index and the end of the book.

A very brief introduction to the geography and various regions of South America.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
South America is the fourth largest continent in the world and is one of geographic extremes. Home to the longest mountain chain and the driest desert on Earth, South America is also filled with stunning beaches, rich grasslands, and beautiful rain forests. Though it does not delve deeply into the geographic make-up of the continent, different aspects of the continent, from culture and landscape to plants and animals, are presented in turn and offer an adequate look at South America. This brief look at the geography of South America is an excellent introduction to geography. The text is basic, straightforward and easy to read with sidebars appearing throughout that offer additional information about unique characteristics of the land and people of South America. A physical map and a political map are the only two maps provided of South America, but full color illustrations appear throughout. Words appearing in bold in the text are defined in the glossary at the end of the text. Also included are a "South American Almanac," a table of important events in "South American History," additional sources to consult, and an index. Part of the "Geography of the World Series." 2004, The Child's World, Ages 7 to 10.
— Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5While these introductions are lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs, maps, and drawings, the information is superficial and poorly organized. Each book begins with brief facts about each country and lists its capital, area, population, currency, GNP per person, and principle language and has a picture of the flag. While this encyclopedia-type presentation is succinct, it does not clarify locations or relation to other countries in the region. Each book is organized by topic; e.g., geography, history, peoples, environment, etc., so that not much information about each country is provided. Illustrations with paragraph-length captions dominate each page, but they are as incomplete as the text. Landmarks are often illustrated on one page but not located on a facing map; e.g., Ayers Rock in Australia. The Amazon River is rarely indicated on any of the maps of South America. Political realities are often described in so sketchy a manner that they can be misleading. Sloppy writing throughout is characterized by such illogical linkages as "Gold and silver were highly valued [by the Incas]; this was one of the reasons for the ruthless behavior of the invading Spanish." Too flawed to be serviceable.Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552851562
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Whitecap Books Investigate Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Founded in 1977, Whitecap Books has grown to become one of the top ten Canadian-owned book publishing and distribution companies. During the 1970s and early 1980s Whitecap made a name for itself as Canada's foremost producer of full-color gift and coffee table books on Canadian provinces, cities, and natural wonders. The company continues to publish in this area and has launched a 27-book series on Canada and 36 books in the America Series.
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