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France
ISBN: 9781410924452
Author: Mason, Paul
Publisher: Capstone Pr Inc
Published: June 2006
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: Describes the geographical landscape, customs, climate, and tourist attractions of France.
Additional Information
Dewey: 914.4
LCCN: 2005011515
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Destination Detectives
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
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Target Grade: 3-4
Grade level: 3-4
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 7.25" L x 0.25" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Non-Fiction, Middle School, Geography
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 113119
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring)
Attempting to make each nation seem "cool," these leveled-text editions use a breezy narrative directly addressed to the reader. Layouts are too busy, timelines vary in usefulness (with [cf2]Italy[cf1] stopping at 1980), and related motion picture suggestions are more appropriate for older audiences. These books are better for armchair traveling than doing research. Reading list. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Destination Detectives titles: [cf2]France[cf1], [cf2]Italy[cf1], and [cf2]Spain[cf1].] Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
Attempting to put a new spin on country studies, these employ a breezy narrative directly addressed to the reader--trying to make each nation seem "cool." Layouts are too busy, timelines vary in usefulness (with [cf2]Italy[cf1] stopping in 1980), and related motion picture suggestions are more appropriate for older audiences. These books are better for armchair traveling than report writing. Reading list. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Destination Detectives titles: [cf2]France[cf1], [cf2]Italy[cf1], and [cf2]Spain[cf1].] Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring)
These geography reference books disguised as travel guides use tidbits of trivia and engaging photographs (e.g., the tomato-throwing festival in [cf2]Espana[cf1]) to try to hook readers. Though it's an interesting approach, the encyclopedic texts tend to overpower the guidebook format, and many of the pictures are stock. Translation errors, typos, and several English-only resource lists weaken the Spanish-language editions. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Detectives de viaje titles: [cf2]Japon[cf1], [cf2]Mexico[cf1], [cf2]Espana[cf1], [cf2]Francia[cf1], [cf2]Italia[cf1], and [cf2]India[cf1].] Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 July)

Gr 4-6 -These books are colorful, attractive, and superficial. The emphasis is on geography and daily life. Mexico is a bit more balanced than the others, but omits U.S.-Mexico relations, a topic of great interest at the moment. France has nothing on history, and India , only four paragraphs. The maps, crucial to interpreting the texts, are incomplete and woefully inadequate. Each title includes two movie selections in the bibliography that are inappropriate for this age; for starters, Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico ) and Moonsoon Wedding (India ) are rated R. There are typos and major omissions throughout. Don Nardo's France (2000), R. Conrad Stein's Mexico (1998), and Erin Pembrey Swan's India (2002, all Children's Press) remain the standard for upper elementary students. More condensed, but still thorough and with good visuals, are Donna L. Knoell's France (2002), Joanne Mattern's India (2003), and Barbara Saffer's Mexico (2001, all Capstone).-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

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