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T is for Turkey
     

T is for Turkey

by 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

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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.'

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
This alphabet book omits the letter "X", because, like "Q" and "W", they are not part of the Turkish alphabet, although the author does include narrative for the last two letters mentioned. There is a lot of very interesting information in this unpaged picture book, featuring clean, colorful photographs of the Turkish people, their art, their country, and many of their cultural objects, such as the zurna (a musical instrument), and simit "...a favorite snack. It is round, made of flour and eggs and smothered in sesame seeds. We eat it with cheese when we are drinking ?ay (tea)." In short, simple prose the author explains the history of Turkey, some of the games children play, a considerable amount about the delicious foods and some of the cultural values (respect for grandparents, Henna Night for brides and the Mevlana festival, which celebrates the whirling dervish). This is an informative and appealing title, recommended for school/public libraries and teachers dedicated to multicultural inclusion in the curriculum. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
Kirkus Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845079987
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Bks
Publication date:
07/29/2010
Series:
World Alphabets Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
873,664
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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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