Your Land and My Land: The Middle East Book Reviews

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School Library Journal (Series Made Simple), November 2011

On the Your Land and My Land: The Middle East series

With an emphasis on everyday people, each title humanizes the region for children who might be confused by the political instability depicted in the news. Thoughtful introductions, maps, and “Facts at a Glance” give readers a good starting point. The titles then explore the featured country’s history, geography, government, religion, and, most importantly, people. A recipe and an activity, such as creating a cuneiform tablet in Iraq, are included in each book. In particular, Afghanistan, which dedicates a chapter to important people and divides the chapters with subject headings, is noteworthy. However, all of the books present an optimistic look forward while pointing out the obstacles and intricacies of the region.