From the fierce Lusitani and Afonso Henriques to The Lusiads and "The Carnation Revolution" -- Portugal is one of the oldest independent countries in the world. Join this voyage of discovery and take a closer look at the lives of the Portuguese people and the land of Fatima and fado.
Portugal is a small country that has had its share of turmoil and hardship. The area was first settled over 5,000 years ago. Periods of wealth and peace were followed by strife and revolutions. Today Portugal is an independent country with a fast growing industry in manufacturing. This book explains Portugal's turbulent past and explores its present social, political, and economic make-up. Portugal's people, arts, foods, and leisure activities are also looked at. An appreciation of multi-cultural diversity is a large component of many school curriculums. This book will aid young readers in developing an understanding of the people and traditions of Portugal. The book has large print and many colorful photos. Along with a glossary and index, additional books, videos, and websites are recommended. The book is a part of the "Welcome to My Country" series. 2001, Gareth Stevens, $23.93. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Denise Daley