144p. (Enchantment of the World Series). charts. chron. further reading. illus. index. maps. photos. reprods. Children's Press. 2013. PLB $40. ISBN 978-0-531-25600-8. LC 2012047113.
Gr 4–8—Sonneborn updates Don Nardo's 2007 edition. She follows the same outline and covers similar material-history, government, geography, natural resources, economics, the arts, and culture. Her prose is occasionally stilted, choppy, and repetitive, but she provides a wealth of information that is both current and relevant. Maps, charts, sidebars highlighting items of interest, a time line, and a "Fast Facts" section add to the presentation. The book is physically attractive and simple to use, and has far-ranging appeal; it's ideal for middle-grade reports but will inform teens and adults who want to learn the basics in a format that's easily read and understood.—Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

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