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World Politics in 100 Words: Start Conversations and Spark Inspiration

Quarto/words & pictures. Sept. 2020. 112p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780711250260.
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Gr 4-7–Levenson defines 100 important world politics terms and presents each definition on a single page. The words are not presented in alphabetical order; it’s unclear why the author chose this method of organization. Visual symbols are used for the themes related to each entry: state, citizenship, ideas, economics, and media. A note in the introduction advises readers to spot the icons on each page. The decision to keep entries to an exact word count seems to be more limiting than helpful. The writing suffers from this constraint, rather than providing the clearest meaning. The vibrant illustrations are rendered in a modern style. The page featuring the definition of tolerance shows a global table with each participant using a wine glass to make a toast. This image does not explicitly match the text. The London-based author uses British English spellings of favor, practice, organizations, and recognized.
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