Children's Literature - Leila ToledoIn describing who Americans are the author indicates that the Native Americans lived on the North American continent for thousands of years and all others are immigrants. This is not an entirely true statement. The author totally ignores the fact that African Americans were brought to America forcibly as slaves and were not immigrants. American holidays such as St. Patrick's Day and Thanksgiving are presented but there isn't much emphasis on holidays showing the diversity of America. Some of the information presented is erroneous. Kwanzaa is not a festival for "thinking about how to make life better for the African American community." Kwanzaa is a holiday based on the agricultural celebrations of Africa called "first-fruits." It is a celebration of their heritage, achievements, reverence for the creator and celebration of the good. Not recommend for schools or libraries. Part of the "Festivals of the World" series.
Children's Literature - Ru Story-HuffmanPart of the "Countries of the World" series, this volume highlights the United States of America. Richly illustrated with color photographs and line drawings, this book presents various aspects of our country. Included in the volume is an overview of the United States, with geography, history, people and leisure represented. An in-depth look at American pastimes, customs and innovations adds additional information for use by students. Each section of the book is presented in a short, well-written format that will not be difficult to understand. Although the sections are short, the information presented is succinct and will aid classroom research. The United States volume would be a good addition to a school library media center or for use in an upper elementary classroom.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-8-These titles survey the geography, history, government, customs, and culture of their respective countries. Each book concludes with a basic map and listing of major cities and geographical features. The glossaries include the phonetic spelling of foreign words. Colorful photos enliven the textbookish writing. "At a Glance" sections highlight important facts; full-color photos appear on every page. These books cover the same material at the same reading level as Greece in Pictures (1996), Italy in Pictures (1996), and United States in Pictures (1995, all Lerner) and Italy (1999), Greece (1987), and USA (1994, all Children's). These new books are strictly for libraries that need more current information on specific countries.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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