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Foster, Leila Merrell.
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
111 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Examines the land, people, and history of Italy and discusses its state of affairs and place in the world today.
Reading Level:
1140 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.2 4.0 31301.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.5 8 Quiz: 20676 Guided reading level: NR.
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DG467 .F67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Examines the land, people, and history of Italy and discusses its state of affairs and place in the world today.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-Collapsing several millennia into a survey that is both succinct and readable is a daunting task, but Foster succeeds admirably. Her overview of dates, names, and events-from Ice Man to the Euro-is balanced by insets and quotations dealing with popular culture, making this both a good starting point for reports as well as a fine resource for general readers. Chapters on geography, achievements, and daily life frame the chronological portions; the latter take a revisionist approach to history, with unfamiliar terms defined in context. Power is shown to be multifaceted and quixotic, shifting among emperor, pope, and general, but more firmly entrenched with the Mafia and the Mamma. The black-and-white illustrations are largely stock images, but they are clearly reproduced, and the captions are informative. Reference tools include a facts page, endnotes, and an annotated bibliography and list for further reading. Libraries on a tight budget and already owning Jane K. Winter's Italy (Benchmark, 1995) may need to pass on this one; it covers a lot of the same ground. Those with more flexibility (or those who only have some of the more pedestrian series titles) will want to snap this up faster than a Ferrari on the autostrada.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.