T is for Turkeyby Nilufer Topaloglu Pyper, Prodeepta Das (Photographer)
T is for Turkey, a country bridging the two great continents of Europe and Asia. With a history going back 4,000 years, it has been a homeland to many civilisations, and in Istanbul you can see many famous mosques, churches and synagogues. From Atatürk to Dolmus, from Roses to Van Cat, this book celebrates everything we love best about Turkey. Books for Keeps
T is for Turkey, a country bridging the two great continents of Europe and Asia. With a history going back 4,000 years, it has been a homeland to many civilisations, and in Istanbul you can see many famous mosques, churches and synagogues. From Atatürk to Dolmus, from Roses to Van Cat, this book celebrates everything we love best about Turkey. Books for Keeps on P is for Poland: 'Beautiful photographs... a book written from a genuinely Polish perspective and which takes pleasure in the richness and uniqueness of a particular culture.'
This series entry, originally from Britain, uses the alphabet as an awkward organizer. The excellent, vibrant photos are a treasure. The page layout, with left or right borders employing Turkish design elements matching the circles around each capital letter, is striking. Unfortunately, however, the text doesn't always offer enough information. The alphabet device works with "D is for Dolmus," a minibus, but not as well for "E is for Ephesus," which should note its Greek origins, not only its role in the Roman and Christian worlds. Confusingly, the letters sometimes stand for English words ("I is for Ice Cream," notmaras) but at other times for Turkish words, such as "B is for Bezirganbasi," a children's tug-of-war game. Various aspects of Islam are included. The Q page featuresQu'ran, a universal spelling but nevertheless a puzzling choice, sinceKuranis the Turkish word. Children will note that some women wear head-scarves, but there is no explanation. Engaging for a child with Turkish roots or a young tourist, this may not be illuminating enough for the general young viewer.(Informational picture book. 5-8)
Meet the Author
NILUFER TOPALOGLU PYPER was born in Istanbul and educated in Turkey and England. She lives and works in London as an educational advisor to the Turkish Embassy.PRODEEPTA DAS was born in Cuttack, in eastern India. He is a freelance photographer and author whose pictures have been published in over 20 children's books. In 1991 Inside India, which he also wrote, won the Commonwealth Photographer's Award. Prodeepta's books for Frances Lincoln are P is for Pakistan, Prita Goes to India, K is for Korea, We are Britain!, Geeta's Day, I is for India, J is for Jamaica, Kamal Goes to Trinidad, P is for Poland, T is for Turkey, S is for South Africa, R is for Russiaand B is for Bangladesh. Prodeepta lives in London.'
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