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Grade 4-7-These three slim overviews could have been issued as one title. Culture covers religion and Vatican City and touches briefly on the country's festivals, artists, architecture, music, theatre and film, and literature. A weak folktale, appended at the end, seems out of place. Land contains a map of the country and details about the topography. Major cities such as Rome, Florence, Milan, Naples, and Turin are highlighted along with the nation's industry, transportation, and environment. People devotes a few pages to history, contains a section that contrasts country life to city life, and mentions education and sports. The strengths of these books are the myriad captioned quality photos. Libraries owning Jean F. Blashfield's Italy (Children's, 1999) can look to Nickles's volumes as strictly supplemental purchases.
Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The picturesque environments of Italy are explored from the towering Alps to Mediterranean islands and the sandy beaches of the Italian Riviera. Detailed photographs feature splendid cities, historic earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, unearthing Pompeii, and the renowned Italian automobile and fashion industries.

About the Author
Gregory Nickles is an oft-published author of non-fiction children's texts. His works include a variety of titles about animals, science, U.S. history, and countries of the world. A graduate of Fine Arts, his interests extend to creative works including theater and music.

Excerpted from Italy - the Land (Lands, Peoples, and Cultures) by Greg Nickles. Copyright © 2001. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
An ancient land

For thousands of years, people have lived in Italy's mountainous countryside, along its sunny coasts, and in its fertile valleys. Most cities founded in ancient times still stand today. They are filled with buildings of long ago. Some are in ruins and some are almost perfectly preserved. The largest and best-known city, Rome, is the country's busy capital.



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