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A is for the Americas
Chin-Lee, Cynthia.
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Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 27 cm
An alphabetical introduction to the history, geography, and culture of the Americas.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 6.3 0.5 44096.

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E18.7 .C48 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Traveling across borders, this alphabet book celebrates the cultural diversity, linguistic variety, and natural beauty of all of the Americas -- from the icy tundra of the Arctic Circle to the tropical islands of the Caribbean and the southern plains of Argentina.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. America--North, Central, and South--is celebrated in this alphabet picture book that moves beyond the U.S. and the English language to the diversity of landscape, culture, and language across borders. D is for El Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. K is for kayak. O is for ocelot, found from Texas to Argentina. R is for Rio Grande, or Rio Bravo, as it is called in Mexico. S is for Salsa. . . . From geography and history to foods, festivals, and flags, each letter has a paragraph discussing the word (its origin, place, usage, etc.), and Sanchez' brightly colored, full-page acrylic-and-gouache paintings evoke the stretch of history--the pyramids of Yucutan, built by the ancient Mayan peoples; the jewelry, masks, and pueblos of the Zuni in New Mexico; the mystery and splendor of Niagara Falls; the icy Arctic tundra. The focus is on Latino and Native American peoples, and the particulars are fascinating, making connections through time and space about what it means to be American. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-This alphabet book skips from country to country with a brief introduction to 26 topics plus three appended Spanish characters, ch, ll, and n. The explanation/description for each alphabetical subject is succinct, ranging from two sentences to two paragraphs. "B is for bison, sometimes called buffalo" is followed by three additional sentences about this animal. "E is for empanada ;" "I is for igloo ." The vibrant illustrations depict the text adequately. The drawback is the subject matter. The Americas are very diverse in area, people, climate, culture, and language. The terms used for each letter skip around the two continents with no apparent rhyme or reason. This book may work in concept, but not in reality. Books on these individual countries would be a better buy.-Kit Vaughan, J. B. Watkins Elementary School, Midlothian, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.