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Looking at Sweden

Looking at Other Countries S.

By (author) Maj Arbman
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: A & C Black Publishers Ltd
Published: 28th Jan 1971
Dimensions: w 190mm h 250mm
Interest age: 8-12+
Reading age: 8-10
ISBN-10: 0713611510
ISBN-13: 9780713611519
Barcode No: 9780713611519
An introduction to the geography, people, history, cities, industries, culture, educational system, and government of Sweden.

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Word- and picture-wise, an appreciative but nonetheless candid look - apartments are well-equipped but cramped; vacation cottages are an outlet - except for father summering alone in the city: ease of housekeeping enables mothers to work "which call be rather hard on young children." Some traditional courtesies remain - little boys bow, little girls curtsey; many traditional foods are shunned - concern with a well-balanced diet and cost are controlling. The section on life is the liveliest but there's an efficient rundown on history and the surveys of Stockholm and the various regions are flavored with the prevailing frankness: few Lapps, for instance, still keep reindeer herds and those few "visit them in light aircraft." Re "Industry and Craftsmanship," some of the excitement Swedish boys find in engineering is conveyed, and something of the quality of Swedish craftsmanship: their one camera, the Hasselblad, was selected for American moon missions. The extensive social services (not without a tinge of 'father-knows-best') give Swedes "A Sense of Security" while the educational system is geared toward "Learning for Life." Alternate pages in color, as per the series practice, and altogether a congenial introduction, for younger children the obvious current choice. (Kirkus Reviews)