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

September 2019

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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9 Issues


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faces us

Editor: Elizabeth Crooker Art Director: John Sandford Designer: Erin Hookana VP of Editorial & Content: James M. O’Connor Copy Editor: Suzanne Fox Rights and Permissions Coordinator: Christine Voboril Assistant Editor: Emily Cambias Wisecracks and Witticisms: Colin Draun ADVISORY BOARD Sarah Witham Bednarz, Assistant Professor of Geography, Co-coordinator Texas Alliance for Geographic Education, Texas A&M University Diane L. Brooks, Ed.D., Director (retired), Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Office, California Department of Education Ken Burns, Florentine Films Maryann Manning, Professor, School of Education, University of Alabama Shawn Reynolds, Director, Indiana University International Resource Center Carol Johnson Shedd, Outreach Coordinator (retired), Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies Sandra Stotsky, Professor of Education Reform, 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality, University of Arkansas Barbara Brown, Director, African Studies Center Outreach Program at Boston University Gale Ekiss, Co-Coordinator, Arizona Geographic Alliance, Arizona State University…

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high five

The landlocked country of Nepal is best known for Mount Everest, or Sagarmatha, as it is known in Nepal. But there is more to this country than its highest peak. Here are five facts to get you started. 1. The city of Lumbini is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama. He is better known as the Buddha, which means “the enlightened/ awakened one.” Lord Buddha founded Buddhism, and Buddhists consider Lumbini one of the holiest cities in the world. 2. Nepal is aiming to be the first country completely run by renewable energy sources. It is working with neighboring countries to build up its hydroelectric plants. The plants will harness the power of the rivers running down the Himalayas. 3. Yakkity yak! The yak is an indispensable animal in Nepal. It is raised for…

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Official Name: Kingdom of Nepal Location: The southern slopes of the Himalaya Mountains, with India to the south, east, and west and China to the north That’s really, really where I’m going to! Terrain: High mountain region (Himalayas) in the north; Kathmandu Valley, central hill region; Terai, flat river plain in the south Highest point: Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) Area: 56,827 square miles Population: 29,717,587 (July 2018 estimate) Government: Constitutional monarch and parliamentary democracy Capital: Kathmandu National language: Nepali Main religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam…

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indian rhinoceroses: one-horned wonders

What do an Indian rhinoceros and a unicorn have in common? They both have one horn. Also known as the great one-horned rhinoceros and the Asian one-horned rhinoceros, its scientific name, Rhinoceros unicornis, tells the story. Rhino means “nose” in Greek, and ceros means “horn.” In Latin, uni means “one,” and cornis means “horn.” Thus, the most distinguishing feature of the Indian rhinoceros is its single horn. Looks The Indian rhinoceros lives in northern India and Nepal. It is gray, hairless, and has folds of thick, leathery skin that look like plates of armor. Considering its size, this walking tank can jump or change directions quickly and has been clocked running at 35 mph. Because its eyesight is poor, the Indian rhino relies on its sharp hearing and keen sense of smell. The…

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welcome to nepal

Wedged between two enormous neighbors, India (to the south, east, and west) and China (to the north), the small Asian nation of Nepal has a proud history. Though airplanes and modern roads have done much to end Nepal’s geographic isolation, political isolation remains a threat to the country’s growth and development. Nepal’s 29.7 million people live in some of the most beautiful and difficult surroundings on Earth. The snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas, the world’s tallest mountain chain, dominate the landscape. Most Nepalese live on the much shorter foothills or in deep valleys, not on the mountains themselves. But the Himalayas affect every aspect of Nepali life, for better and for worse. On the positive side, the mountains have helped keep out foreign armies. Unlike many other Asian countries, Nepal largely avoided…

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lumbini: birthplace of the buddha

The Nepali city of Lumbini is one of the holiest places in the world to 500 million Buddhists. It was where Siddhartha Gautama was born. He is better known as the Buddha, which means “the enlightened/awakened one.” Lord Buddha founded Buddhism, a religion followed by ten percent of Nepal’s population. Most Buddhists live in east and southeast Asia. Followers of Buddhism do not worship a god or supreme being. Instead, they focus on finding wisdom, inner peace, and personal spiritual development. Lumbini was officially recognized as the Buddha’s birthplace after archaeologists discovered an ancient sandstone pillar there in 1896. The pillar was erected in 249 B.C. by Emperor Asoka. Its inscription states that the Buddha was born in Lumbini in 623 B.C. Buddhists from around the world began making pilgrimages to Lumbini in…