Editorial Review

A noteworthy review of Welcome to the World from School Library Journal on September 1, 2008

These broad introductions present information about history, current events, culture, education, work, topography, and plants and animals. Difficulties facing each of these countries, such as governmental upheaval and food shortages, are mentioned but not dwelled upon. The vibrant color photographs truly represent the spirit of the locations. Appendixes include fast facts about the country, its national song, a folktale, and a few words in the native language with the English translation and pronunciation. Related Web links are current and child friendly, but limited. While these books do not provide enough material for in-depth reports, they are accurate, up-to-date, and attractive.

—Michele Shaw

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