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Gofen, Ethel, 1937-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Tarrytown, NY : Marshall Cavendish, [2003]

Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Introduces the geography, history, economy, cultures, and people of France.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 9.4 5.0 67234.
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DC33 .G54 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This book introduces the geography, history, economy, cultures, and people of France. All books of the critically-acclaimed Cultures of the World® series ensure an immersive experience by offering vibrant photographs with descriptive nonfiction narratives, and interactive activities such as creating an authentic traditional dish from an easy-to-follow recipe. Copious maps and detailed timelines present the past and present of the country, while exploration of the art and architecture help your readers to understand why diversity is the spice of Life.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-This updated edition of a 1995 publication is highly attractive and very current. However, it contains numerous problems and inconsistencies. Only some French terms receive suggested pronunciations, and several differ within the text and from text to glossary. The glossary is woefully incomplete and contains only a handful of French words, ignoring such challenging vocabulary as moors, conduit, vassals, placards, xenophobe, durables, coterie, flying buttresses, oratory, and hertz frequencies. The previous edition had maps helpfully scattered throughout the book, but now the three full-page maps (geopolitical, economic, and cultural) are all clustered at the end. The "Fast Facts" section here is confusingly split in two, and basic geographical facts like area, average temperature, highest point, longest river, etc., are missing. In the geography chapter, regions are discussed randomly and jump all over the country. The history section is particularly weak and highly abbreviated; Gofen and Reymann do better with the government, economy, environment, and lifestyles. Finally, the writing is awkward, unclear, and repetitious, and includes puzzling non sequiturs. Don Nardo's France (Children's, 2000) is equally attractive and far superior to this title.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.