Spotlight on South Africa introduces readers to this vast country, from Table Mountain to the grasslands, where elephants, lions, and other wildlife live in protected parks. The daily lives and family traditions of the mix of people and cultures that make up South Africa today are highlighted. A special section features the joyful celebration of the World Cup of soccer held in South Africa in 2010.
Holidays, celebrations, and symbols are highlighted in this up-to-date fact-filled introduction to the United States. Spotlight on the United States of America looks at the colonial history of the U.S., its government, and some of its important leaders. Many colorful pictures, maps, and illustrations the different regions, climates, cities, and wildlife of this fascinating country.
Children will be delighted by exciting images of pyramids and mummies in this introduction to one of the worlds oldest civilizations. Spotlight on Egypt covers everything from this country's ancient history under the ruling pharaohs to the customs and traditions of its people today. Egypt's wildlife and the importance of the Nile River and Sahara Desert are also highlighted.
Colorful photographs highlight this captivating look at Indonesia. A country of 17,508 islands, Indonesia is a visual wonderland of rain forests, mountains, pristine beaches, and over 150 active volcanoes. Children will be amazed by fascinating customs and celebrations and photographs of Komodo Dragons, Sumatran tigers, and orangutans.
Spotlight on Japan reveals the beauty of this island nation, from its bamboo forests to its majestic mountains. The everyday life of the modern Japanese people is highlighted along with traditional festivals and more modern leisure activities, such as manga and karaoke. Children will also be fascinated to learn about the way of life of the ancient samurai warrior.
Spotlight on Canada introduces children to Canada's multicultural people, its varied landscapes and climates, its exciting cities, and its joyful celebrations. A huge country with only one neighbor, the United States, Canada is divided into provinces and territories. French and English are its two official languages, and its rich history goes back to its French and English roots. This colorful book celebrates the diversity of this great country!
Mexico is the southern neighbor of the United States. It is a country with a rich history and culture, a warm climate, diverse landscapes, and a variety of wildlife. From Mayan pyramids to busy cities to happy fiestas, Spotlight on Mexico offers a joyful experience to young readers. The book also includes recipes of some favorite Mexican foods that children will love to make!
In this meaty new book Slim explores the essential nutritional value of the meat group. Children will learn that this group is made up of more than meat. It includes poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts. They will also discover why tofu is part of this group, how this group helps build strong muscles, what different kinds of meats, poultry, fish, etc. are eaten around the world, and how much a person needs to eat each day from this group.
In this interesting new book Slim explores the essential nutritional value of the vegetable group. Children will learn about the incredible variety of vegetables and vegetable products, the history of vegetables in the human diet, what is special about dark green and leafy vegetables, what changes occur when vegetables are cooked, vegetables grown around the world, and how many vegetables a person needs each day.
This wonderful book introduces the important aspects of culture, and concentrates on the things that children enjoy, such as costumes, dances, holidays and celebrations, and special foods. The book promotes multiculturalism by acquainting children with one anothers ways of life.
This insightful book introduces children to the worlds most popular religions. It looks at the origins, special heroes and teachers, basic beliefs, sacred texts and symbols, ways of worship, special days, rituals, works of art, and places of worship associated with each religion. The book also highlights the basic principles of religions such as truth, kindness, acceptance, peace, and love. Learning similar aspects of religions, such as prayer, worship, ritual, and celebration, helps foster greater understanding and respect.
Children often feel that they need to be the same as everyone else. That is the main reason for unhappiness. Do we see our differences as reasons for judgment and fighting? How can we view the different ways of others as things to enjoy, rather than criticize? This book encourages children to honor their own uniqueness and that of others through new ideas and positive actions.
This important book shows our connection to the natural world and to one another. It asks children to put aside their differences and to work together for the common good. What are our common goals? How can we work toward peace, safety, tolerance, and integrity in our lives? How can we live together with respect, kindness, and friendship?
This wonderful book illustrates people's different ways of life and the traditions we practice. Young readers will learn about how culture is expressed through our clothing, our food, and music and dance. An interactive section at the end asks children what their favorite part of culture is.
In this book, children will learn about different kinds of homes, such as houses, apartments, and mobile homes, as well as the purpose of each room within a home. Questions about the readers home help children connect the information to their own personal experiences.
Children will join in the balloons, clowns, cake, and fun of a birthday party. Lively photographs highlight the story told by the child who is having the birthday.
Alan Bastien is a Taekwondo master. He travels from school to school, sharing his gift with as many children as possible. Young readers will be captivated as they watch Alan teach his students the techniques of this martial art, the equipment used, and important lessons of self-respect and self-discipline.
This interesting book describes how the blending of native Mexican and Spanish traditions, beliefs, and rituals has resulted in many of the lively and colorful festivals celebrated in Mexico today. Young readers will also learn how the Mexican people celebrate family occasions with fiestas.
This colorful book describes the traditions, beliefs, and rituals of the Russian people celebrated in the many different festivals of Russia today. Young readers will also learn how Russians celebrate family occasions.
This fascinating book describes how native Brazilian and Portuguese traditions, beliefs, and rituals have combined into the holidays and festivals celebrated in Brazil today. Young readers will also learn how the Brazilian people celebrate family occasions.
This interesting book describes how the traditions, beliefs, and rituals of the people of India, often influenced by British culture, have resulted in many of the lively and colorful festivals celebrated in India today. Young readers will also learn how the Indian people celebrate family occasions.
Every February 14th, people celebrate love and friendship by exchanging cards, flowers, and gifts, all in the name of Saint Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? Young readers will discover the meanings behind Valentines Day symbols such as hearts, red roses, and cupid. Readers will also learn how people around the world celebrate this holiday.
The celebration of a bar or bat mitzvah is a recognition that a young Jewish boy or girl has reached the age of responsibility. At the age of 13 for boys and 12 for girls, children take lessons to prepare for the ritual ceremony of reading from the Torah, the Jewish holy book. Readers will learn about the different ways boys and girls are prepared, as well as the traditional family celebrations that go along with the religious celebration.
Will he or won't he see his shadow? That's the big question on Groundhog Day, an annual winter event on February 2nd to predict how soon spring will arrive. Young readers will learn about the ceremonies and traditions that take place on this special day.
Put on a mask and join the street party for Mardi Gras. Learn all about this colorful New Orleans holiday, where people enjoy food and fun before the beginning of Lent, a period of reflection and giving up things we enjoy. Explore the history of Mardi Gras, and Carnival, and all its different customs taken from around the world!