The highly regarded Cultures of the World series celebrates the diversity of other cultures in this fully updated and expanded edition. As has always been true of these outstanding titles, an abundance of vibrant photographs-including those new to this edition-stimulate the imaginations of young readers as they travel the globe.
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The mountains and steppes Regions Climate
The Soviet legacy Todays issues Endangered species the Kyrgyz countryside
A vendor sells soap
Ihe Kyrgyzs Dwindling minorities Other minorities
Life in Bishkek Rural life The life cycle Gender roles
Years of upheaval Islam today Sufism Other religions
an openair bazaar
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