Describes the people, history, folklore, social life, and customs of the Central American country and examines the plight of those Salvadorans who have fled their war-torn land to take refuge in the United States.
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Grade 3-6 In introducing an entire country and its culture at the elementary level, it is difficult to avoid generalization or stereotype. This book falls into both traps. Although the basic factual information given is correct, Adams generalizes a great deal, making that which is true of a large segment seem to be true of the entire population. Typical activities are described using generic terms in such a way as to lead children to believe that everyone behaves in that way. While discussion of whether or not the United States government should support the Salvadoran government in its fight against the guerrillas should be undertaken openly and candidly, Adams presents her viewpoint (pro-guerrilla) inappropriately, in the guise of an unbiased introduction to the country. Although the information is valuable, much of the text has a patronizing tone. There are minor errors in the use of the Spanish language. Large color photos, although focused primarily on the poor, add much to the text. Otherwise, most of the information is available in an encyclopedia. Dennis C. Tucker, Bethel College Library, Mishawaka, Ind.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Dillon Pr, 1986. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0875183093