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Taking Time Out: Recreation and Play

Taking Time Out: Recreation and Play

by Thomas Ross Miller, Beth Steinhorn (Editor)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Each of these series entries gives a global perspective on its subject. The authors assert that, regardless of the area of the world, there are more similarities than differences among people. The first chapters offer an overview, then, recreation, education or religious practices are examined in each of five broad geographic areas. Mostly well-chosen, full-color photographs illustrate the discussions. The language is clear and the discussions straightforward. An effort has been made to avoid cultural stereotyping and hyperbole, but occasionally some creeps in through an ill-chosen photograph or a poor turn of phrase. The main difficulty with the books is organizational. Because the overriding scheme is geographic, and because the area covered in each chapter is vast, it is difficult for the coverage to be comprehensive. Nor is there consistency in the cultures examined from one book to another, although certain nationalities do reappear. Sometimes similarities among peoples are specifically noted; at other times they must be inferred. For some countries or cultures the information offered equals what might be found in a book devoted completely to that country (such as the ``Cultures of the World'' series [Marshall Cavendish]). While not essential purchases, these titles are worthwhile for programs that stress multicultural perspectives.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City

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Cengage Gale
Publication date:
Our Human Family Series
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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