Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children

Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children May/June 2020

In an increasingly global and multicultural world, FACES helps kids understand how people in other countries live. Each issue focuses on a different culture – from Vietnam to Egypt to Haiti – including stories about daily life, folk tales, and engaging articles about history and traditions of the people and their culture. Grades 5-9

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1 min.
high five

1 Brazil is the only Portuguese-speaking country in both North and South America. The first Portuguese colony was established there in 1516. About 98% of Brazilians use it as a first language, but more than 160 indigenous languages are also spoken. 2 In Brazilian restaurants, passadors (waiters) go around the tables like matadors with meter-long swords and grilled beef, pork, sausages, and chicken hearts seasoned with sea salt and herbs. They serve thin slices of meat continuously until diners “surrender” by raising a white flag on the table. 3 During the last 40 years, more than 18% of the Brazilian Amazon has been destroyed. Experts predict that if the current rate of deforestation continues, 55% of the Amazon could be gone by the year 2030. Pressure from other governments is important in…

1 min.
at a glance

OFFICIAL NAME: Federative Republic of Brazil LOCATION: Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana are to the north. To the west lies Peru; to the south, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay. AREA: 3.3 million square miles POPULATION: 2.1 million (2020 estimate) GOVERNMENT: federal republic CAPITAL: Brasilia CLIMATE: mostly tropical, but temperate in south TERRAIN: mostly flat to rolling lowlands in north; some plains, hills, mountains, and narrow coastal belt HIGHEST POINT: Pico da Neblina, 9,888 feet (3,014 meters) NATIONAL LANGUAGE: Portuguese NATIONAL DAY: September 7 MAIN RELIGIONS: Roman Catholic, 64.6%; Protestant, 22.2%; other, 11.2%; none 2% CURRENCY: Brazilian real…

2 min.
toco toucan

The popular toco toucan is one of the largest, best-known species of toucans in the world. What makes the toco toucan so well-liked? It has a colorful beak that is almost half the size of its body. The 8-inch-long beak is a deep orange with a large black spot near the tip. It is made of lightweight keratin, the same protein that makes up fingernails and animal horns. The “loud and proud” beak stands out against the black feathers that cover most of the bird’s body. Each round eye is bordered with a ring of blue skin, which is bordered by orange skin. Toco Loco? The toco toucan’s behavior seems a bit over the top, at times. The birds make a crazy amount of noise that can be heard for a half…

1 min.
toco tidbits

In South America, there are many superstitions about toucans. Some religions forbid the father of a newborn child to eat a toucan, or his baby will be cursed and fade away. Native people carve the bird’s likenesses onto totem poles. They believe the bird is an evil spirit that connects the living and spirit worlds. Whether in the rainforest, in the zoo, or on your Fruit Loops cereal box at breakfast, toco toucans are stars. Just imagine their future on the Broadway stage. Beauty and the Beak, anyone?…

4 min.
welcome to brazil

If you were asked to name the five largest countries in the world, would you be surprised to discover that Brazil is one of them? Only Russia, Canada, China, and the United States are bigger. Brazil, officially known as the Federative Republic of Brazil, or the República Federativa do Brasil in Portuguese, is the eighth-largest economy in the world, and it is home to almost 212 million people. It is also the only Portuguese-speaking country in both North and South America. Most importantly, Brazil is one of the most diverse and fascinating countries in the world. Brazil is the largest country in South America and has 4,600 miles of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. Its almost 10,000 miles of inland borders are shared with every country in South American except Chile…

4 min.
a tasty melting pot

Brazilian food is a flavorful blend of tastes and cultures that reflects the history of the country. Take feijoada completa (fay-jo-A-da kom-PLE-ta), the “national dish.” It is a rich stew of beans and leftover meats eaten with rice, collard greens, farofa (a crumblike condiment unique to Brazil), and orange slices. Brazilians drink caipirinha (kai-pi-RIN-ya), an icy slush of lime juice, syrup, and sugarcane alcohol, before the meal. For dessert, there is Romeu e Julieta, made of soft cheese and guava (a tropical fruit) paste. What countries influenced this traditional meal? Native South Americans inhabited Brazil for thousands of years before the Portuguese came. They lived mainly on fish and the bounty of the forest—root vegetables, herbs, greens, fruits, and nuts. Manioc, a staple food, is the source of farofa, which is…