The Rhine

The Rhine

by Lucent Books, Stuart A. Kallen, Chris Eboch

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Children's Literature
While the Rhine is not the longest European river, it is certainly the busiest. There are 50 million people living near its banks, which flow north from Switzerland, connecting Austria, Liechtenstein, France and Germany and draining into the North Sea in the Netherlands. The text of the book is divided into five chapters, discussing the physical attributes of the Rhine river, its history, commerce and industry, pollution and efforts to clean it up. A glossy color photo showing a glass sided boat on the Rhine in Dusseldorf, Germany, adorns the cover, but is misleading as the interior solely contains black and white photography and graphics which gives the book the appearance of a dated encyclopedia (a pity as the photographs would be stellar in color!). A stupendous bibliography is contained at the end of the book, referencing books, periodicals and Internet sources consulted. In addition to having written award winning children's videos and television scripts, the author has written more than 150 nonfiction books for children and young adults. He is also a musician and lives in San Diego, California. Part of the "Rivers of the World" series that also includes the titles of The Amazon, The Ganges, The Nile and The Mississippi. 2003, Lucent Books/The Gale Group,
— Cindy Carolan
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-The mighty Mississippi nearly cuts the contiguous United States in two. The Rhine is not the longest river in Europe, but it is the busiest. The stories of these two rivers are aptly told in these series offerings. Chapters include general history, geology, ecology, and commerce and industry along the rivers. Each title offers one map that clearly shows the paths each river takes. Black-and-white illustrations and well-captioned photographs and gray sidebars complement, without crowding, the texts. Although the books have identical forewords, they are not cookie-cutter offerings. These books are for an older audience than the "Great Rivers of the World" series (World Almanac). Although rather drab in appearance, Currie's and Kallen's efforts are good for serious report writers looking for solid information.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date:
Rivers of the World Ser.
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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