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An addition to the CONTINENTS series which looks at physical landforms, weather, resources, how people work and spend their leisure time, the economy, politics and cultures. Illustrated with colour photographs, diagrams and maps.
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Grade 3-5?While these introductions are lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs, maps, and drawings, the information is superficial and poorly organized. Each book begins with brief facts about each country and lists its capital, area, population, currency, GNP per person, and principle language and has a picture of the flag. While this encyclopedia-type presentation is succinct, it does not clarify locations or relation to other countries in the region. Each book is organized by topic; e.g., geography, history, peoples, environment, etc., so that not much information about each country is provided. Illustrations with paragraph-length captions dominate each page, but they are as incomplete as the text. Landmarks are often illustrated on one page but not located on a facing map; e.g., Ayers Rock in Australia. The Amazon River is rarely indicated on any of the maps of South America. Political realities are often described in so sketchy a manner that they can be misleading. Sloppy writing throughout is characterized by such illogical linkages as "Gold and silver were highly valued [by the Incas]; this was one of the reasons for the ruthless behavior of the invading Spanish." Too flawed to be serviceable.?Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, V.--; this was one of the reasons for the ruthless behavior of the invading Spanish." Too flawed to be serviceable.?Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA
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Book Description Raintree, 1997. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0817247785