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Costume Around the World: United States

Costume Around the World: United States

by Liz Gogerly

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
This volume is part of a series called "Costume Around the World," and it describes clothing conventions in the United States. Topics briefly covered include climate, culture, and geography as well as textiles, influences from the past, and work clothes and uniforms. Written for ages ten to twelve, the project is more ambitious than the scope of the book allows. The brief length of the book (thirty-two pages) does not permit more than a superficial treatment of each topic. The illustrations help to explain what the text is unable to cover, but astute readers will realize that there are discrepancies between the text and the photographs. A glossary in the back explains unfamiliar terms, and there is a very brief bibliography that includes websites as well as books. The bibliography does not list the access date of the websites, so their accuracy should be verified before using the information. The superficial nature of this book makes it unreliable as a sole source of information about costume for younger readers. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

These books explain how the available materials as well as climate, environment, religion, and jobs have traditionally shaped the way people dress. Bingham explains that the clothes in Mexico originated in the cultural backgrounds of the diverse inhabitants, and range from those worn by Mayan ancestors to Spanish charro outfits. Elgin describes how the French take pride in showing their heritage on holidays and holy days. In United States, the spread on "Native American Clothes and Folk Costumes" offers a generic description of Native dress and a paragraph on the Amish. Gogerly explains that Americans use clothes for self-expression, show more skin than people in other countries do, and wear lots of jewelry. The full-color photos help highlight the text although the one of Mexican cowboys shows one of them holding a Bud Light, and the Amish boy in United States is wearing a buttoned-down shirt even though the text states that buttons are usually banned in that culture. These books are full of generalizations and don't have much information.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

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Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
Costume Around the World Series
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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