The "If You Were Me and Lived in... " series introduces young readers to countries around the world through the eyes of children. The book on Brazil shares many interesting details such as the fact that it is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world, or that the capital was moved from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia in 1960. Common names chosen for boys or girls, and the nicknames for mommy and daddy are also introduced. Favorite foods, sports, and games are described. There is an explanation of the Carnival festival, too. In the back is a glossary for the Portuguese words such as churrasqueira, quiejo coalho, and mercearia.
With the upcoming Olypmic Games being held in Brazil, there is bound to be plenty of curiosity and the chance for research projects. Books such as this are great as a first introduction for elementary school students to the various cultures around the world. Teachers and librarians will find it handy to have the entire set on their shelves.
I received a copy from the author for review purposes.
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