Welcome to Iraq
From the Set Welcome to the World
Readers are introduced to the basic geography, topography, history, people, culture, climate, and industries of the Republic of Iraq.
- Where Is Iraq?
- The Land
- Plants and Animals
- Long Ago
- Iraq Today
- The People
- City Life and Country Life
- Schools and Language
- Fast Facts About Iraq
- How Do You Say
- Further Information
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|ATOS Reading Level||4.9|
|Guided Reading Level||S|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||9.5 x 8|
|Graphics||Full-color photographs, Historical photographs|
A noteworthy review of Welcome to the World from Children's Bookwatch on May 1, 2008
Children around the world have as much in common as their cultures have diversity in custom. ‘Welcome to the World’ is a superbly written and illustrated series specifically designed for students in grades 2 through 6, and features a text written at a third grade reading level. Each of the twelve titles comprising this globe-spanning, 32 page, fully illustrated (full color as well as historic photographs) series showcases how children live in a variety of different countries. Each book addresses what these countries are like, how the people live, the languages that are spoken, and what the children do for fun. There are recipes, key native-language phrases, words to national anthems, informative sidebars, detailed maps, a glossary of key words and phrases, websites and other research resources, and more. Although each book is individually available, both school and community library systems should acquire the entire set for the benefit of their young students and patrons.
A noteworthy review of Welcome to the World from Booklist on October 15, 2007
It is not easy to write a book about Iraq, especially for this age group, and the ‘Welcome to’ designation of the Welcome to the World series adds a certain poignant irony. Stevens decides to go with a just-the-facts style and simple acknowledgments about what is happening in Iraq today. In just a few paragraphs of large typeface, the book covers the military coup of 1958, Saddam’s ascent to power in 1979, the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War, and the Iraq War, noting that ‘today the situation in Iraq is full of conflict, violence and uncertainty.’ A small sidebar offers a snippet about Saddam’s capture and execution. These bits of information, set off by a bright red bar, appear every few pages. Among the other topics covered are plants and animals, city and country life, and holidays. The text is concise and clear, and the full-color photos that fill up the horizontal pages are particularly nice. Back matter includes a list of facts, the national song, a recipe, a few Arabic words, a glossary, a short bibliography, and a note directing readers to a Web site for publisher-approved links.
Author: Kathryn Stevens
Kathryn Stevens is the pen name of Katherine Stevenson, a longtime book editor for The Child's World. For many years, Kathy has pursued a dual career in two areas of interest, publishing and archaeology. She has edited a number of series for The Child's World and is the author of ten books: five Countries: Faces and Places (Argentina, Cuba, France, Iraq, and The United States), two new Music Makers (Cellos, Stringed Instruments), two Holiday Symbols (Christmas Trees and Halloween Jack O'Lanterns), and one Naturebook (Fleas). She has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a specialty in archaeology and environmental sciences. Kathy lives with her husband and an elderly dog and divides her time between St. Paul, Minnesota, and La Crosse, Wisconsin, where she is active in archaeological research.