Describes the history, geography, government, economics, and people of Vietnam.
Children's LiteratureThis introduction to Vietnam is part of the "First Reports" series. The book includes many colorful photographs of the country and its people along with a glossary and a section of trivia at the end. The topics of geography, history and holidays are thoroughly covered and vocabulary terms are in bold face. What makes this book unique is its attention to detail. Aside from the standard information available in most textbooks, De Capua includes information about things such as water puppetry, a form of entertainment first created in Vietnam (pg. 33). There is even a brief section covering literature that mentions the names of famous Vietnamese poets and authors. The inclusion of such quirky facts conveys a sense of familiarity with Vietnam that is rare to come across in brief books about foreign countries but is invaluable in raising the reader's interest so he or she wants to learn more. 2003, Compass Point Books,
School Library JournalGr 2-4-Both of these books begin with an introductory greeting, "Namaste" for India, and "Xin ch o" for Vietnam. Short chapters in large-print texts give a quick overview of the geography, history, daily life, festivals, arts and literature, food, clothing, and present status of each country, with a focus on children's activities. Large, color photos with simple captions are found on each page, but the quality is uneven; several of them are dark or not sharply focused. For example, the dull double-page photo of the Taj Mahal does not show its real splendor. The time lines and indexes are very basic. Although there are no bibliographies, these books are well organized and easy to read, and could be used as additional resources for very simple reports.-Kristina Aaronson, Henniker Community School, NH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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