Countries We Come From
Children will travel around the world without ever leaving their homes or classrooms. In this colorful and exciting new series, beginning readers visit countries where their families or their classmates' families may have come from. During the journey, they will learn all about the country's cities, food, holidays, music, and wildlife. They even learn how to speak a few words in the country's language! Each 32-page book features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple sentence construction. The engaging text, bold design, and stunning photos are sure to spark children's interest.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Series||Countries We Come From|
|Number of Pages||32|
|ISBN||9781627248525, 9781627249133, 9781627249737|
|Title Format||Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle|
|Dimensions||8 x 8|
Booklist for Ecuador, Honduras, Jamaica, and Peru
With bright photos and welcoming descriptors, like “Full of Wonder” and “Breathtaking,” the books in the Countries We Come From series present young readers with attractive overviews of individual countries around the world. Each begins with a world map showing the country’s location and two to three sentences stating its population and the region of which the country is a part (e.g., Central America). Vibrant photos fill the ensuing pages, mixing full- and double-page spreads with circular pictures that spotlight specific elements of the land or culture. Readers will learn about the country’s geography and wildlife; crops and/or industry; Native peoples, conquerors, and independence; and aspects of culture, such as language, festivals, cuisine, and popular pastimes. Ecuador shows off the blue-footed booby, unique to its Galapagos Islands, and reveals that despite being a small country, it produces most of the world’s bananas. In Honduras, readers discover that the Maya originally lived here and that its modern residents love playing soccer. Although the other three titles reviewed here gloss over the unpleasantness of conquest, Jamaica briefly describes its history of slavery. Deserts, mountains, and the rain forest kick off Peru, but readers may be most taken with Lima’s cat park. “Fast Facts,” a picture glossary, and an index round out these concise and reader-friendly introductions to some of the world’s countries.
SLJ Review - Countries We Come From
The latest titles in this continuing series visit countries of the Caribbean Basin. The strongest element of the set is the appealing format; large, colorful captioned photos arranged in clean layouts with two to three sentences of simple text. Books begin with a locator map and population statistics and continue on to cover landforms, animals, cities, agriculture, history, food, and celebrations. Extras include two simple words in the nation’s language and a “Fun Facts” summary page. Coverage is positive, with an emphasis on the people, customs, and natural world rather than governments and institutions. In Cuba, the only mention of its communist government is a paragraph about the lifting of the travel ban due to the country’s recent rapprochement with the United States. This set continues the series’ focus on introducing countries with large immigrant populations in the United States. VERDICT Recommended additions.
School Library Journal Review for Countries We Come From
Large, vibrant photos, many of children, are the strongest element of this attractive series. Clean layouts feature captioned double- or full-page photos and two to three sentences of simple text. Books open with a locator map and population statistics, and while topics vary somewhat by country, they generally include landforms, interesting animals, cities, crops, history, foods, and celebrations. The titles also feature a page with two simple words or phrases in the nation’s language and conclude with a brief “Fast Facts” summary page. Coverage is upbeat and emphasizes the country’s land, people, and animals rather than governments and institutions. VERDICT These offerings celebrate diversity and introduce nations that have strong ties with our own, making them good purchase choices.
Booklist Review for Guatemala
Ready to do some armchair traveling? This entry in the Countries We Come From series lets readers explore Guatemala’s cities, landscape, ruins, and more. The first thing readers learn is that Guatemala is colorful, busy, and warm. Vibrant photo illustrations support this claim, showing huge, colorful kites, a crowded market, and bright green palm trees. While the text remains simple, it does dig a little deeper as the book progresses, offering basic facts on population, languages spoken, information about the Maya, and popular pastimes and celebrations. Large-scale photos grace almost every page, showing the country up close: a farmer picking coffee, a woman making tortillas, a quetzal in flight, and a smoking volcano. Though too spare for more in-depth reports, this provides a well-rounded and attractive first glimpse into life in another country.
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