Rivers of the World Book Reviews

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Booklist, April 1, 2013

On The Ganges River

Differing from its Rivers of the World series mates, this profile of "Ganga Ma" (Mother Ganges) focuses at least as much on the river's religious significance and mythology as on its long course, human uses, characteristic wildlife, and (serious) conservation issues. Sidebars add notes on Indian history and the Hindu epics, and frequent color photos provide glimpses of the river's passage through a variety of landscapes and cities. The author's often dense recitation of hard-to-pronounce place-names is ill-served by the single, small map. Both a misspelled caption and an arbitrarily placed page of "Fast Facts" distract. Still, this view of the paradoxical mix of reverence and neglect to which the great river is subjected may puzzle readers enough to provoke further study. Recommended print and web resources for that study follow the endnotes.

Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools, February, 2014

On Yangtze River

The third longest river in the world is the Yangtze River. It is located in China and travels 4,000 miles from its source. The river starts from the western mountaintops, heads through the center of China, and ends just shy of Shanghai. It is said to be the wildest, wickedest river upon the globe, and the most beautiful. For those studying more about Asia, it is a must read.

Children's Bookwatch, January 2013

On the Rivers of the World series

Beautifully illustrated with full color photography throughout, the library-bound Rivers of the World series is an educational collection filled with amazing facts about the rivers that have given rise to great human civilizations throughout history. Chapters cover both the natural history and the struggles of the people who lived and depended upon these rivers through the centuries. Accessible to young readers in middle school and junior high, the Rivers of the World series is highly recommended for public and school library nonfiction collections.