Anita Ganeri is an award-winning author of information books for children. Educated at Cambridge University, she has written more than 300 books, including the best-selling 'Horrible Geography' series (Scholastic Children's Books) which won a 2009 Blue Peter Book Award. She writes widely on animals and the natural world. A recent title for Raintree, A Day in the Life of Rainforest Animals: Capybara, has been shortlisted for a Maryland Blue Crab Award 2012. Anita lives in the north of England with her husband, children and assorted pets.
K-Gr 2-These clearly laid out books are full of cultural information and useful phrases in the featured languages. A section in each volume even gives a little etymology lesson, where readers learn how English words are derived from and connect to other languages. These titles also look at family life, school, sports, and food to illuminate different cultures. The books include a useful pronunciation guide. For beginning language learners, the uncluttered pages provide a nice balance of words and pictures. Useful for reports or simply for introducing children to the world around them. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.