Using maps, photographs, colorful information boxes, and time lines, this 28-country curriculum-based reference set provides a comprehensive picture of western Asia's geography, history, and culture from prehistoric times to the present. Age appropriate and easy to read, each volume contains two to five countries, full-color illustrations of each country's flag, a glossary, a bibliography for additional reading, and an index. Volume 1 includes an introduction and reader's guide. Volume 11 features a comprehensive index and bibliography, a pronunciation guide, biographical and geographical indexes, and such miscellaneous information as food, games, religious ceremonies, festivals, and national celebrations, all likely to interest young readers. Articles range from four (e.g., "British Indian Ocean Territory") to 19 (e.g., "Kyrgyzstan") pages. Each article incorporates a small relief map of the country under discussion. Information is accurate and current up to 2005—the article on Afghanistan, e.g., offers age-appropriate information on the Taliban, 9/11, and Osama bin Laden; Volume 2 shows a picture of Georgia's most recent flag. A time line runs along the bottom of each country's pages, and information boxes appear on the first two pages of each article: one with climate information, the other with basic facts about the country's government, population, physical area, legal tender, and languages. Articles are unsigned, and the five contributing authors are acknowledged only on the verso. Each volume averages 50 pages of large print and has good-sized margins and colorful photos.
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