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A Country Far Away Paperback – 24 Sep 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd; New edition edition (24 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862648602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862648602
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 19 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 965,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nelly B on 31 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a gorgeous book for children aged 6 onwards. The text is simple and to the point and the illustrations by the brilliant Dupasquier are touching, funny and emotive. You can spend ages pouring over the details in the pictures that encapsulate the contrasting lives of the families.Also a useful resource in geography and PSHE.
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I'd had this at school and wanted it to show my kids - but was very disappointed to realise the paperback is half the size of the original hardback so the pictures - which make the book - are a bit small, and it's just saddle-stapled, almost like a photocopy. I think every child should read this book - but I'd recommend you fork out an extra couple of quid for the hardback, which is something you can treasure.
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I love this book and was so pleased to find it, but for £9.99 I expected a full size book not the tiny one which arrived. The book is amazing, the size rubbish as the point of this book is to study and talk about the pictures.
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Exactly what I wanted. Great condition. Delivered quickly. Thought provoking book for children.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e0fff48) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e64f0b4) out of 5 stars A Country Far Away 20 Nov. 2001
By Kris Beck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Using a unique style of arringing text and pictures, this book allows children to compare and contrast two very different cultures for themselves. The simplistic text is arranged in the center of the page describing daily events that happen in the life of a young boy. Two sets of pictures, above and below, surround the text. The top pictures display a boy doing an action in a small African village, while the lower pictures exhibit the same action being done by a boy in a United States suburb.
I belive this book is an exceptional teaching tool for younger children. It is an enticing introduction to the concept of comparing and contrasting countries. I like the simplistic language used that allows readers to delve into the illustrations to find similarities and differences between the two cultures on thier own. I would be a little careful using this book because of stereotypes that could be perceived. All parts of the countries might not be represented by the illustrations. A facilitator could help to point out that although the illustrations portray what it is like in some parts of the country, it could be very different throughout other parts of that country.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d32f39c) out of 5 stars Wonderful book! 8 Sept. 2001
By bookldy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book to share with children. The illustrations depict stark differences between a little boy in America and a little boy in Africa even though they are doing the same things. This is an excellent teaching tool to use when explaining to children that although we do things in a different way, we are all very much alike.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d797e10) out of 5 stars Help your kids understand life outside the US 9 Nov. 2000
By Joseph R. Mccullough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book very thought-provoking, both for myself and my 4-year-old boy. The text about what each child does in his day is very simple, but the pictures dramatically illustrate the differences in their lives. "Where is their car? Where are all his toys? Why is their house dark?", my son asked! It's hard for me to explain poverty or why our worlds are so different, but at least now he seems to be a little less focused on "I want that!", since he realizes how much other children of the world NEED. It's worth buying for your family, and would be great for starting classroom discussions as well.
HASH(0x9d736798) out of 5 stars A Book For Adults 21 July 2014
By Remo Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's a deceptive little book, cleverly disguised as a children's book, but make no mistake about it: it's intended for adults. Many adults don't know how people live in other countries, "under-developed" countries. Although it looks like the cleverly divided story shows how two children from different cultures experience the same events, it doesn't really show the same events. The boy from Africa (representative of any other under-developed country) has a different experience: he doesn't waste anything, takes true pleasure in the simplest gifts: playing soccer with a makeshift ball, welcoming relatives arriving on a boat, traveling on a crowded bus to a shanty marketplace...There is wonder in his eyes, in his heart, in his soul. This simple story and its effective drawings moved me to tears. It's not so much about comparing cultures as it is about appreciating the least little gift.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d736948) out of 5 stars Great Cultural Comparison Study 17 Oct. 2013
By Lisa Marku - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wonderful book. I've used it for years in my classroom.
Now I've ordered it for use in my home childcare center.
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