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Explore Brazil: 12 Key Facts is an educational publication by Todd Kortemeier targeted at children in grades 3 - 6. Part of the Country Profiles series, it provides young readers with highlights on the geography, environment, history, government, economy, infrastructure, culture, education, health, science and technology, people, society, and daily life in the country of Brazil. It’s attractively presented in full color and fully illustrated, with engaging graphics, a history timeline, map, glossary, questions for thought or discussion, recommended reading, and relevant photographs which give the reader the feeling of being there. It would take an encyclopedia to write about Brazil. Kortemeier chooses facts and topics which will give children a well-written and beautifully illustrated overview of this fascinating South American country. The illustrations throughout are great. This is a great addition to any public, school, or classroom library. Adults can learn a thing or two from it as well. I sure did.
In Explore Brazil, Kortemeier provides interesting facts of educational value in an exciting, well-written, and age-appropriate format. There’s something to engage everyone, whether in the main text or in a sidebar. The sixth largest country by area with the most biological diversity, a diverse population, a world-renowned soccer team, a culture of music and dance, and the most advanced space program in South America has a lot to attract young readers. Kids may be surprised to learn the role of Brazilian inventors in portable cassette players, automatic transmissions for cars, and a popular video gaming system. In addition, Kortemeier sensitively handles the country’s struggles in public health and infrastructure, as well as its colonial and slave-holding past and its modern-day uncontacted peoples. Whether kids are researching a school assignment, traveling to Brazil on vacation, or just reading for pleasure and curiosity, they’re sure to find this a useful reference and an enjoyable read.