Latin Americans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations (We Thought of It)

by Eva Salinas

Hardcover, 2012



Local notes

972.8 Sal





Annick Press (2012), 48 pages


Travel from the ancient hidden city of Machu Picchu high in the Andes, past Mayan ruins over 2,000 years old, to the bustling modern cities of São Paulo and Buenos Aires. Learn about the vibrant cultures and innovations of Latin America--rodeo, carnival, chocolate, coffee, piñata, tango, and salsa, to name only a few. Many of these have become part of the daily lives of people all around the world. Latin Americans Thought of It features a rich array of photos along with informative text divided into sections, including: * Clothing * Architecture * Communication * Arts and Crafts * Sports This fifth book in the We Thought of It series describes the traditions and innovations that are the result of thousands of years of civilization in Latin America, across two continents and nearly 20 countries. Within the region, there are many similarities (for instance, except for Brazil, the countries are all Spanish-speaking) and also many differences: in the mountainous Andes region, terrace farming was invented so that crops could be planted on steep hillsides, while in the marshy areas of Mexico and Bolivia raised fields called chinampas were devised so that crops could flourish in lowlands.… (more)


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Physical description

48 p.; 8.5 inches

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I found the title of this book a little misleading. I expected a book about things that we use now that originally came from Latin America. There is some of that but the book is about the author’s exploration of the various cultures of Latin America.
The book is a juvenile non-fiction so the
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segments are short and simple. The information was interesting. Some of the elements are steeped in a long history and some were imported from other countries. I was fascinated by their agricultural and architectural achievements. I just couldn’t believe some of the things an ancient society was able to create.
On a side note – I just am stunned by the pyramids. They are not the same as the ones in Egypt but you cannot tell me that they don’t share a common ancestor somewhere.
I do recommend this book. It’s a great addition to a library from homeschooling or for classroom. The title comes from a series and I look forward to tracking down more from that series especially since they have a Native American issue.
The pictures in the book are amazing. They are beautiful and captivate a culture in a way that every reader will be engaged.
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