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Dolce, Laura.
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Publication Information:
New York : Chelsea House Publishers, [1990]

Physical Description:
127 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 21 cm.
Discusses Australia's people, geography, history, government, economy, and culture.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 9.6 4.0 29580.
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DU96 .D65 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Discusses Australia's people, geography, history, government, economy, and culture.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. These two compact books offer good information on The Land Down Under. From the Places and Peoples of the World series, Dolce's Australia provides black-and-white photos with an eight-page full-color insert in the middle of the book. It begins with a map of Australia followed by "Facts at a Glance" and "History at a Glance." Covering the topics of convict settling, Aboriginal life, Australian independence, wildlife, and natural resources, it primarily focuses on Australia in the modern age. France, by Cate Milner, and England, by Mary Peplow and Debra Shipley, have also been released in this series. Garrett's book, from the World in View series, uses a combination of black-and-white and full-color photos throughout and covers similar material. Two maps open the book, and boxes of factual information interrupt the text at various points. Each book contains an index; Dolce's book contains a glossary. Both will serve report writers well. --Kathryn LaBarbera

School Library Journal Review

There is an abundance of recently published books on Australia from which to make selections. This series entry focuses more on the country's history, geography, and contemporary life and less on its unusual wildlife and natural resources than some of the other available titles. Particularly interesting is the discussion of Australia's role in the two World Wars and the Vietnam War. While Dolce points out the many unique and positive aspects of Australian life, she also discusses the mistakes of its past and current and future problems, including treatment of the Aborigines, declining economic productivity, and the discriminatory immigration policies that were in effect until the 1950s. Although there are ample black-and-white photographs, many are too small to be effective. The small section of color photographs are merely decorative, offering postcard scenes of beautiful skylines, sailboats, and bucolic farms and ranches. Libraries needing additional books on Australia will not be disappointed by this one, but it is not an essential purchase. --Jeanette Larson, Mesquite Public Library, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.