Join National Geographic's quest to find the heart and soul of Mexico.
Journey through a land of incredible biodiversity: from the Rio Grande to the Sierra Madre. Visit Mexico City, the vast metropolis built on an ancient lakebed. Study the country's history of earthquakes and volcanoes and its current struggles to protect animal habitats.
Explore Mexico's history as the center of the Olmec, Maya and Aztec civilizations in Beth Gruber's lively text. Learn how Mexico's borders once extended north to southern Wyoming, west to California, and east to Louisiana. Witness the cultural and political aftereffects of Spanish Catholicism and discover how the hacienda system of agriculture led to revolution.
The author also explains the importance of family and traditions in Mexican culture and the country's rich artistic heritage.
Finally, readers will come to understand the disappointments of the Revolution, the limits of the single-party system, social inequalities, the economy, emigration to the United States, and the effects of the tourist boom on the environment.
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About the Author
Beth Gruber has written about, edited, and reviewed children s books for almost 20 years. She has also interviewed authors and TV show creators who write for children. Beth lives in New York City and is excited to be writing her first children s book. She is a graduate of NYU School of Journalism. Reading and writing are her passions. Gymnastics is her favorite Olympics event.
GARY S. ELBOW is a Professor of Geography at Texas Tech University and an active member in the National Council for Geographic Education.