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Short excerpts written in the form of postcards describe different places in Greece and the activities of the people who live there
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K-Gr 2--Both of these titles are designed to look like postcards from one child to another. Each book is divided into double-page spreads; a full-color, captioned photo in postcard size appears on the left; the text, written in the form of a letter, appears in large print on the right. Postscripts, written in slightly more complex language and in smaller print, elaborate on the texts. The result is a very brief overview of the geography, sights, and culture of each country. Both books open with a simple map and end with a picture of the national flag. Only rarely does the narrative refer to something not depicted in the accompanying photograph, as when the discussion of Egypt's Aswan Dam is matched with a photograph depicting the view from the dam, not of the structure itself. Parents planning a family trip or teachers who wish to offer youngsters a quick glimpse of a country and its most famous sights will be well served by these selections. Children requiring substantial information will need to look elsewhere.
Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
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