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

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

November/December 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

United States
Cricket Media, Inc.
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9 Issues


1 min.
faces us

Editor: Elizabeth Crooker Art Director: Nicole Welch 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…

1 min.
high five

Lagos, Nigeria, is one of the largest cities in the world. And it’s still growing. By 2100, it could be the world’s largest city with a population of 88 million. Here are five facts to get you started. 1. The city is made up of a mainland and many islands. The two main islands are Lagos Island and Victoria Island. 2. How you dey? I’m fine, thanks. And you? Nigerian Pidgin English is a mixture of English and the local languages of Nigeria. It grew out of the need for Nigerians and traders to communicate. 3. You’ve heard of Hollywood, but have you heard of Nollywood? Nollywood is the name given to the Lagos film industry. It produces more than 2,500 movies a year. Nigeria doesn’t have many movie theaters, so most of…

2 min.
senegal bushbaby the stuff of legends

Was “Rock-a-Bye Baby, in the treetops” written about the Senegal bushbaby? It could have been. This cute and cuddly primate fits the bill. It lives in the trees in the bush regions of Africa (south of the Sahara) and looks and cries like a baby. Put these two traits together and you have the perfect namebushbaby. DESCRIPTION Do you remember the story of Little Red Riding Hood? Instead of her sweet grandmother, Little Red finds a wolf in her grandmother’s bed. “What big eyes you have!” Little Red Riding Hood exclaimed. Little Red could have been talking to a bushbaby. It has oversized round, orange-brown peepers. The big eyes help it see at night. Its pupils are very sensitive to light and enlarge to see in the dark or shrink during the…

4 min.
lagos a city of opportunity

The Nigerian city of Lagos is Africa’s most heavily populated city. It is home to an estimated 21 million people. Researchers at the Global Cities Institute predict it will be the world’s largest city by the year 2100. By then, they estimate the city’s population will have reached 88 million. The kingdom of Benin developed a strong relationship with the Portuguese who came to the island to trade. The Portuguese called the island “Lagos,” the Portuguese word for “lakes.” In the 1700s and 1800s, they used Lagos as a port for the slave trade. Between 1444 and 1869, Portuguese ships carried 5.8 million Africans into slavery in Brazil and other countries. The Benin gave their war captives to the Portuguese and got weapons and other goods in return. The Lagos slave trade…

1 min.
fast facts

• Although English is the official language of Nigeria, many in Lagos speak Yoruba and call the city “Eko.” • Many of the city’s richest residents live on Victoria Island. • Lagos is a low-lying city. Its highest point is just 22 feet (7 meters) above sea level. • Because of the need for power for elevators, high-rise residential businesses can only be built in neighborhoods with reliable access to electricity. • A 50,000-seat Christian mega-church is located in Lagos. • The world’s largest oil refinery is being built in Lagos. It will provide enough oil for all of Nigeria.…

1 min.
speak code: talk in pidgin!

“ How far?” “Na fine ooo.” Would you believe this is an English conversation? It might sound like gobbledygook, but it’s Nigerian pidgin English in true form. Nigerian pidgin English, or Naija pidgin, is a mixture of English and the local languages of Nigeria. It is sometimes called “broken English.” It allows people who do not share a common language to communicate. It is most commonly spoken in southern Nigeria. It is also used in urban places such as Lagos. Pidgin started when European traders landed in West Africa. The language developed as they bartered for slaves and oil during the Atlantic slave trade in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Pidgin is commonly spoken between friends and family members. It comes in handy when you need to throw eavesdroppers off the track. But…