Culture and Education Series - Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc - Books
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Tue Jun 30 00:00:00 MDT 2009lstep Rating:5.0
My nine year old daughter LOVES this series. They are funny books, not so educational. She doesn't like to put them down. A good value.
Wed Dec 15 00:00:00 MST 2010kateykates Rating:5.0
Really cute book! My son and nephew enjoy reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and the Big Nate series was recommended to us as very similar. It's a Christmas gift, so they haven't read the book yet, but looking through it myself, I think they'll like Big Nate just as much. Pricing and delivery through Overstock.com was satisfactory, although buyers should realize that shipping takes a bit longer than the usually speedy Overstock delivery because books are shipped via media mail. Also no free shipping deals on books, but cost is still very reasonable. I would definitely recommend purchasing via Overstock!
Sun Nov 02 00:00:00 MDT 2008htrav1 Rating:5.0
This book is a call for all of who believe in justice to realize the necessity of education and to resist formal indoctrination ,religious racial or cultural.
Fri Jan 08 00:00:00 MST 2010janerls Rating:4.0
I think this book is a really good choice for exploring the Irish culture in a small way. Like the others that I have seen in this series, it talks about things that are very definitely Irish. It may not portray a modern Irish Christmas--after all it is based on the poem by Clement C. Moore in its style, but it is a humorous look at it.
Wed May 20 00:00:00 MDT 2009dolly838 Rating:5.0
The title means "Unknown Land" in Latin. Downie certainly knows the land, peoples, and customs, of the peoples she writes about, but her characters don't understand each other. Two separate cultures, one Matriarchal (Celtic Britain), and one Patriarchal (Roman), try to accommodate their desperate superstitions, belief and political systems, laws and cultures to co-exist. Our Hero is a doctor who is fairly advanced in his attitudes and understanding of medicine. He has to deal with another doctor that appears to all to be insane, while trying to keep track of his "slave" who is now in her own territory (the land that was eventually the right wing of Hadrians Wall) and NOT considered a slave by her own peoples. Misunderstandings abound as anti-Romans conjure up old legends to unit otherwise warring Celtic tribes to destroy the Roman/Celtic peace, while Celtic "traitors" work to strengthen those very ties. Our Hero has to learn quickly, what the legends mean, how they affect his "insane" colleague, while totally misunderstanding his "slave's" actions and intents, and dealing with the political problems--all of which he hates and none of which is he very good at: both of the cultures in this "unknown land" of middle Brittain. At the same time problems "at home" in France are escalating in such a way as to totally distract him from his various now-time delemnas. This is a good read, just enough humor, pathos, intrigue, human interest, mystery and complications so it never gets dull, yet the central story and plot is never forgotten or confused. The Roman and Celtic history, customs and belief systems are excellently researched and presented in a way that makes them interesting and intelligible both to the reader who reads for entertainment and the scholar of these periods in time. I hightly recomment Downie's work. This is her second book on this period of time using these characters and it was as good, interesting, educational and fun to read as the first one. I eagerly await the next episode in this series and recommend these books to anyone interested in Roman or Celtic history, good mysteries, and good writing. Dolly838
Thu Oct 15 00:00:00 MDT 2009mo124 Rating:5.0
I use this book in my classroom along with the other books in the series. My students enjoy it and learn a lot form the simple concepts.
Fri May 13 00:00:00 MDT 2011lokeyanna123 Rating:5.0
Moon Tahiti, the 7th edition of renowned traveler David Stanleys work in the Moon Handbooks series, is as comprehensive, up-to-date and enlightening as ever. Containing 47 detailed and easy-to-use maps, the guidebook describes the must-see sights, activities, restaurants, and accommodation available not only on Tahiti, but on all the other islands in French Polynesia as well, including invaluable insights into tourist highlights on Moorea, as well as on the Leeward, Austral, Tuamotu and Gambier, and Marquesas Islands. In addition, in his inimitable environmentally aware way, he provides an informed analysis of the land itself, its flora and fauna, its history and government, its economy, its people and culture, and the arts and entertainment opportunities granted by French Polynesia, so that the book is a valuable source of information for tourist and armchair traveler alike. For the former, he supplies a chapter on such essentials as transport, visas and officialdom, customs, and health and safety, while for those who wish to approach their trip with the added insight to be gleaned from other sources he provides a glossary, phrasebook, and a list of suggested reading and Internet resources. That Stanley truly loves these islands is clear from start to finish. His intimate knowledge of the islands is rivaled only by the fluency of his writing. His balanced outlook on French Polynesia allows him to retain an objective stance throughout, enabling him to pinpoint both the merits and the demerits of the islands. For example, he doesnt hide the fact that the cosmopolitan city of Papeete becomes a ghost town on Sunday afternoons, as life washes out into the countryside, so best avoid at such times. Stanleys style is concise and factualhe provides you with a great deal of information in a limited number of words. His main intent is to give a complete picture of each place so that you can make informed decisions about how you wish to spend your time in the islands. Stanley consistently keeps the primary focus of the reader in mind, so that no matter whether you are more interested in sports, culture and the arts (his references to the leading French Post-Impressionist, Paul Gauguin, are numerous), the natural beauty of the islands, or the more historic and religious aspects of French Polynesia, you are bound to find much that appeals to your palate. Moon Tahiti is well illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs of local architecture and scenes, in addition to maps of many of the 118 islands and towns that form part of this archipelago set in the South Pacific Ocean. Stanley also provides a great deal of background information on various cultural practices, aspects of island lifestyle and fascinating biographical overviews of outstanding local characters that he sensibly sets aside in text boxes scattered throughout the main text, so that they do not disrupt the flow of his central argument. If you have ever dreamed of listening to the rustling of palm trees swaying in the breeze while watching islanders gyrate their sinuous bodies in time to the rhythm of exotic melodies, this book is for you. As Stanley writes, Welcome to paradise!
Fri Jun 08 00:00:00 MDT 2012kgravender Rating:4.0
Definate suggestion to review the first 5 books before you read this one. So much of the storyline revolves around knowing the entire series. The book itself was alright, but I thought it could've been better for a final: So many of the storylines didn't get the finale they deserved.
Wed Feb 20 00:00:00 MST 2008nesch Rating:5.0
I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in education, equal rights, Middle East history & culture, U.s. impact , the power of one person to make an incredible difference in the lives of many. It is well-written ,very interesting, and highly inspirational
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