________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 37. . . .May 28, 2010.

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Iran: The Land. (Lands, Peoples, and Cultures Series). Rev. Ed.

April Fast.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-9646-6 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-9276-5 (RLB.).

Subject Heading:
Iran-Description and travel-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-13.

Review by Sherry Faller.

***/4

   
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Iran: The People. (Lands, Peoples, and Cultures Series). Rev. Ed.

April Fast.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-9647-3 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-9277-2 (RLB.).

Subject Heading:
Iran-Social conditions-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-13.

Review by Sherry Faller.

***/4

   
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Iran: The Culture. (Lands, Peoples, and Cultures Series). Rev. Ed.

Joanne Richter.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-9648-0 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-9278-9 (RLB.).<

Subject Heading:
Iran-Social life and customs-Juvenile literature.
Iran-Civilization-Juvenile literature.<

Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-13.

Review by Sherry Faller.

***/4

   

 



excerpt:

The laws of hijab have traditionally made it difficult for females to participate in sports, but today, growing numbers of girls and women are pursuing sports such as skiing, cycling, and scuba diving. The Woman’s Sports Organization (WSO) was created in 1981 to promote women’s physical health. It now provides training in sports such as gymnastics, swimming, tennis, volleyball, soccer and badminton. (From Iran: The People.)



These new, revised third-editions are updated to better portray Iran as it is today. Each book includes a contents page, a glossary and an index. Important words are bolded and found in the glossary. While some of the photos from the past editions are included, many more vibrant photos have been added. All three books have the same format in layout, and the text font is clearer than the one used in the previous editions.

     In Iran: The Land, the reader will continually return to the map to visualize where the dry salt seas or the mountain ranges or the oases are located. Iran is a country of many views, from mountain ranges featuring volcanoes and hot springs to lowlands with mangrove swamps. This dry land has people fighting over water but also battling flash floods. The modern cities boast beautiful architecture, and the ancient cities are still wondrous in their ruins. This revised edition explains the environmental issues facing Iran.


     In Iran: The People, the focus is on the various groups and lifestyles of the country’s inhabitants. Going back in time, there is a quick summary of the first rulers and invaders that formed the country of Persia, now called Iran. This country has a long history of strife and revolution. Religion is a strong force which determines peoples’ every day actions and especially the roles of women. This edition explains the changes in how women are allowed to pursue careers in professional fields. Sections on life in the cities and country, schools and pastimes, and family customs let the reader see the Iranian people in a different light from what is seen in the news. In Iran: The People, the focus is on the various groups and lifestyles of the country’s inhabitants. Going back in time, there is a quick summary of the first rulers and invaders that formed the country of Persia, now called Iran. This country has a long history of strife and revolution. Religion is a strong force which determines peoples’ every day actions and especially the roles of women. This edition explains the changes in how women are allowed to pursue careers in professional fields. Sections on life in the cities and country, schools and pastimes, and family customs let the reader see the Iranian people in a different light from what is seen in the news.


     In Iran: The Culture, Islam and other faiths observed in Iran are explained. Religious holidays, rituals and foods help the reader appreciate this exotic culture. Also highlighted are the music, dance, calligraphy, tile work, artistry and the making of Persian carpets.


     Kalman’s team of April Fast and Joanne Richter has successfully portrayed this unique nation. This series is designed to foster an understanding and greater appreciation of Iran. The format will be helpful to students searching for specific information.

Recommended.

Sherry Faller is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.

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