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Aug 18 2010

The Indonesia Book by Sadriani Wayan Kerta

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Cultures of the World Series. Black dog books, 2010. ISBN 978 174203093 7.
(Ages 7+) Non fiction. Recommended. In 30 bright and enthralling pages, this book gives a sound and fascinating introduction to our nearest neighbour, Indonesia. Each double page spread introduces the reader to a new topic; Jakarta, Bali, School, Papua, Transport and Etiquette to name a few. Each page is jam-packed with bright full colour, recent and clear pictures, snippets of information relevant to the theme of the page and in some pages are boxes with one of the many myths of the region.
At the start of the book is an excellent contents page, giving a sub heading under each heading, further helping the young researcher, at the end is a brief glossary and index supporting the development of research skills amongst our younger library users. A large colourful map signals the beginning of the book and on the same page is a fact box containing snippets of information which will give students some quick basis on which to start their research. Subtitled, 'A people, a place, a culture' this book is a page turning treat, and so The Indonesia Book will be a happy addition to all libraries.
Fran Knight

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