Croatia (Cultures of the World)

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Describes the history, geography, culture, government, and people of the republic of Croatia.

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Gr 6-10-The initial chapters go over basic geography, history, and government, while the bulk of the book examines Croatia's culture and contemporary life. The short chapters are divided into highlighted segments of a page or two. This format allows easy access to information. Covering so much, however, has led the author to lapse into tour-book types of descriptions or simple lists of things. How meaningful are references to architectural styles (Byzantine, Renaissance, and Baroque) or to "Musical texts in neumatic notation" without an explanation or illustration? Is it essential to list 15 islands off the Adriatic coast? Some oversimplification in historical and cultural information is perhaps unavoidable, but the statement that "Catholics worship images of the mother and child" in contrast to the Orthodox veneration of icons is simply incorrect. The chapter on the language of Croatia is informative, but it doesn't explain how the use of accents over the letters "s" and "c" changes the pronunciation; instead, the author dwells on the Glagolitic script used in the 11th century. Except for one, all entries in the one-page glossary are Croatian words. However, even without reading the text, a good impression of the country can be gained from the profusion of excellent, color photographs that appear on almost every page.-Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign

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"Grades 5 and older will benefit from...geography titles which blends bright contemporary color photos with social and geographical insights." -- Children's Bookwatch, February 2001

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