Cover image for Trinidad & Tobago / Romel Hernandez.
Trinidad & Tobago / Romel Hernandez.
Title Variants:
Trinidad and Tobago
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Mason Crest, [2016]

Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 21 cm.
A diverse pair of islands -- A unique and fascinating history -- Boom and bust in an oil-based economy -- A patchwork quilt: the culture and people -- the communities of Trinidad and Tobago -- Festivals of Trinidad and Tobago -- Recipes.


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1 Bob Harkins Branch 972.983 HER Book Junior Collection

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The country of Trinidad and Tobago consists of two large islands and several smaller landmasses in the Caribbean Sea, off the northeast coast of South America. Once a British colony, today Trinidad and Tobago is among the most prosperous and developed of the Caribbean nations. Many international companies have established factories or facilities on the island, and it is a leading producer of oil and natural gas. The two main islands that give the country its name are very different. Trinidad, the larger island, is densely populated. It is home to steel mills, oil fields, factories, livestock farms, and sugarcane estates, and has become a regional financial center. The mountainous island of Tobago, on the other hand, is far less developed. Located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northeast of Trinidad, Tobago's economy depends heavily on tourism. There's a lot to discover about Trinidad and Tobago! Each title in this series contains color photos, maps, a chronology of events related to the country, recipes, list of festivals, ideas for projects and reports, and back matter including: an index, further reading lists for books and internet resources, and a series glossary. Mason Crest's editorial team has placed Key Icons to Look for throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are then used in the prose throughout that chapter, and are emboldened, so that the reader is able to reference back to the definitions- building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Text Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader's comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each book and provide readers with suggestions for projects and reports that encourage deeper research and analysis. A Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter contains terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader's knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field.

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

Though they're not the most scintillating reads, these books provide plenty of information for report writers. Main texts focusing on history, geography, and people are supplemented with maps, sidebars, photos, recipes (geared toward experienced cooks), events calendars, report ideas, and organizations to contact. There are five other spring 2009 books in this series. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Caribbean Today titles: Cuba, Caribbean Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands, Barbados, and Windward Islands.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Discovering the Caribbeanp. 6
A Diverse Pair of Islandsp. 9
A Unique and Fascinating Historyp. 15
Boom and Bust in an Oil-Based Economyp. 25
A Patchwork Quilt: The Culture and Peoplep. 33
The Communities of Trinidad and Tobagop. 45
Festivals of Trinidad and Tobagop. 50
Recipesp. 52
Series Glossaryp. 54
Project and Report Ideasp. 56
Chronologyp. 58
Further Reading/Internet Resourcesp. 60
For More Informationp. 61
Indexp. 62

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