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There are lots of information books written for intermediate kids about various countries, while many are dry, text heavy, lack nonfiction text features and have outdated photographs, the Been There! series is different.

A fresh look, well designed lay out, with most of the basic text features we’ve come to appreciate, Been There! is a good choice for research and recreational reading. Told from a first person, it reads like a narrative but is organized like a nonfiction text. Other countries in the series include Brasil, China, France, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, and Spain.

A very positive look at India and skips all the social, political and environmental issues third world countries face.

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Another beautifully put together book by Dorling Kindersley or DK, Watch Me Grow is a great series of nonfiction books that includes a few of the text features you want but with simple text! Text features include Contents, text boxes, close ups,  and glossary. Great for teaching primaries about text features! Great for your simple animal research projects! Also great for picking sections for read alouds.

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