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

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

May/June 2021
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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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United States
Cricket Media, Inc.
9 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
high five

Often overshadowed by its neighbors, South Korea is a vibrant and influential country in its own right. Here are five fascinating facts to get you started. 1 Best alphabet in the world? Korea’s alphabet, han’gul, is considered one of the most logical writing systems in the world. It was created by a king named Sejong in the 15th century as a gift to his people. 2 The family is the cornerstone of Korean culture. Family relationships have a powerful influence in Korean society both at home and at work. Young people are taught to show respect for their parents and other elders in the community. 3 South Korea’s capital is one of the most connected cities in the world. About 95% of homes in Seoul have high-speed Internet connections, and there are wireless…

1 min.
at a glance

OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of Korea LOCATION: Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the East Sea (Sea of Japan) and the West Sea (Yellow Sea), with North Korea to the north AREA: 38,345 square miles (99,720 square kilometers) POPULATION: 51,715,162 (July 2020 estimate) GOVERNMENT: republic CAPITAL: Seoul CLIMATE: temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter TERRAIN: mostly hills and mountains; wide coastal plains in west and south HIGHEST POINT: Hallasan at 6,397 feet (1,950 meters) NATIONAL LANGUAGE: Korean NATIONAL DAY: Liberation Day, August 15 CURRENCY: South Korean won (KRW) MAIN RELIGIONS: Christianity, Buddhism…

3 min.
vampire deer

“Flora” and “fauna” are Latin words for the plants and animals of an environment. You can remember them because “flora” sounds like “floral” (flower) and “fauna” sounds like “fawn.” South Korea is home to some unusually funky fauna, including a vampire deer, a bird with facial recognition technology, and a lungless salamander. Vampire Deer? Musk deer (Moschus moschiferus) live in the mountains of Asia and Russia. The males have long saber teeth that make them look fierce, but actually, they are harmless herbivores. The teeth are very sharp canines that grow directly down from their mouths, used for fighting each other during mating season. Musk deer spend their winters on steep mountain slopes eating lichen. Then they migrate to mountain river valleys and grassy meadows, where they spend their summers eating shoots,…

5 min.
welcome to korea

Legend says that long ago, Prince Hwanung, the son of heaven’s supreme deity, descended to earth along with 3,000 servants and built the City of God. A bear was transformed into a woman, and Hwanung took her as his wife. The Samguk Yusa (Memorablia of Three Kingdoms) records that their child, Tan-gun, founded the first Korean kingdom of Chosen in Pyongyang and began his reign in 2333 B.C.E. As this legend shows, Koreans have an intense love of their land. They see their country as a place that is so beautiful and inviting that a deity would want to live there. This feeling is reflected in almost every aspect of Korean life. Like Hwanung, the ancestors of modern-day Koreans came to this part of northeastern Asia voluntarily. But rather than alighting…

3 min.
stay connected in seoul

For thousands of years, the Korean Peninsula has been called the “Land of Morning Calm.” However, if you were stepping out into the busy streets of Seoul today, you would hardly find this a fitting description. Seoul and its suburbs make up a bustling metropolis of nearly 25 million people. Along major streets like Gangnam and Hongdae, you’ll discover a city that never sleeps. Dining, entertainment, and shopping options are open around the clock. Education is important. Students often spend hours with tutors after a full day of classes. There are even 24-hour study rooms open throughout the city. To match this high-speed lifestyle, Seoul has invested billions of dollars in high-speed technology throughout the city over the last 30 years. Being so connected has not only helped the city’s economy,…

5 min.
the best alphabet in the world

Children learning to read and write the Korean alphabet have an easier time than those learning the English alphabet because each Korean letter has only one sound, and no letters are silent. Korean children do not have to guess at the sound because every consonant is a simple picture of how the sound is made. If they match their mouths to the shape of the letter, they can make the sound. Wouldn’t it be great if reading and speaking English were that easy? Unlike our writing, Korean writing did not develop over many centuries. It was invented just 575 years ago by a king named Sejong, who worked on it for 10 years as a gift to his people. Sejong, the fourth king of Chosen, thought that all people should be…