Holly: There are an embarrassing number of public and public school libraries that still own this title. Country books get old after ten years, max (less than that depending on political climate, major events, etc.). This book is 61 years old! My parents are only slightly older than that. This would have been a fine choice for their public and school libraries when they were kids, but a lot has changed in Germany since 1951. A LOT. Just look at this map for starters: Continue reading
Rhodesia: In Pictures
Holly: Rho-what?? Why do public and school libraries insist upon having country books in their collections for countries that no longer exist…and haven’t existed in a full generation of library users? Pass them along to an archive or special history/geography library. Please.
Let’s Visit Australia
Yes, this is still in an active youth nonfiction collection. We have featured some real “winners” here at ALB. We have a regular United Nations of outdated information going. This is NOT better than nothing. There is probably better current information on Australia on the menu of an Outback restaurant than contained in this book. Take a look at these pages and then run to the 900s and weed those country books.
Spanning the Globe: