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Ukraine Then and…Then

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Ukraine
Then and Now series
Lerner Publications Company. Geography Department
1993

Here’s the good news: there are some gorgeous photos of Ukrainian people and places in this book. It is also organized nicely for older children, with usable data laid out in an understandable way.

Here’s the bad news: it is 24 years old. Those were 24 big years in Ukrainian history, and the data is no longer accurate. Wikipedia is a better choice at this point.

Ukraine is in the news a lot, and a great choice for those country reports that students are always doing. Give a kid a chance. Update!

-Holly

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Japan Expo Guide

Japan Expo Guide coverJapan Expo ’70 Guide
Waldo
1970

Submitter: Another horribly outdated travel book. The sad thing is this actually circulated 10 years after the Expo! Even sadder is that it’s been sitting on the shelf for 30 more years. Imagine a deluxe hotel today going for $18 a night. We love the suggestion of packing a fur stole. We are a state library.

Holly: Cool book in 1970. By 1980 it was pretty much done-for. Now? Doorstop.

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Strangers in a Strange Land

Strange People and Stranger Customs coverStrange Peoples and Stranger Customs
Baldwin
1967

Submitter: Really, I think the title and cover say it all. But, just in case readers weren’t immediately alerted to the inappropriateness of this book for a current audience, there are gems like, “Some people have more culture than others.” Also, “Over in Africa, we find much the same strange situation. In the east African grasslands Negro and Negroid people have been cattle breeders for centuries. Yet milking is the chief economic use of livestock.” *gasp* They use cattle for milk? Also, photos 3 and 4 [below] are there for the lovely sentence comparing Shilluk men to poodles.

This book is weeded, now, and headed to a fate that its author would surely find strange: reincarnation (perhaps as toilet paper?).

Holly: Let’s not teach our children that people and customs are “strange.” This has no place in most public libraries. Replace it with something current that celebrates diversity!

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