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From the Series Country Profiles

India has its very own Hollywood—the rhyming Bollywood! The thousands of Bollywood films that are released every year put the songs, dances, and colors of India in the spotlight. Upper-elementary students are invited to a special viewing of a country with a memorable flavor.

Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Category Newly Fluent
Subject Geography
Copyright 2018
Publisher Bellwether Media
Imprint Blastoff! Discovery
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2017-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.3
Reading Counts! Quiz Q71994
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
BISACS JNF038000, JNF038020
Dewey 954
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 6.5 x 9
Lexile 800
Guided Reading Level S
ATOS Reading Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 192508
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents



The Country Profiles series nicely balances its scope and depth of information for middle-grade researchers. This title begins with a view of India’s iconic Taj Mahal before presenting the country’s geographic location on a large, boldly colored map. From there, readers will become acquainted with India’s landscape and climate, wildlife, people, and culture. The latter is the most interest, as it addresses language, religion, pastimes, diet, traditional family units and marriage practices, and discrimination born of a declining caste system. Small paragraphs of reader-friendly text accompany clear photo illustrations (many with fact-fact sidebars) and helpful infographics. A time line and two-page spread of “India Facts” provide a visual overview of significant historical events and cultural notes. Well organized and comprehensive, this is an inviting starting point for school reports.