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In A Cream Packard
Edward Hackemer
Captain Bartholomew Quasar: Starfaring Adventures (Captain Bartholomew Quasar #2)
Milo James Fowler
Maid of Baikal: A Novel of the Russian Civil War
Preston Fleming
Books for Kids: ELLIE THE ELEPHANT (Bedtime Stories For Kids Ages 4-8): Kids Books - Bedtime Stories For Kids - Children's Books - Early Readers - Free Stories (Fun Time Series for Beginning Readers)
Uncle Amon
Facts About Champagne And Other Sparkling Wine (Illustrated Edition)
Henry Vizetelly
The Sherlock Holmes Collection
Arthur Conan Doyle
Overcoming Daily
Dan Chesney
Progress: 12/192 pages
The Holy Bible : Scofield Reference Bible
Cyrus I Scofield
Progress: 456/1382 pages
Riches of South America - Victor Wolfgang von Hagen
From my vintage collection (published 1941), a book (I think it may have been issued in public schools for lower elementary age children), that teaches about some of the products (at that time) to come from South America in a series of short stories. One story for each product, it features a child (I would estimate to be between 7-10 yrs old, my guess for the American children reading the book to be able to relate to), and that child's family or the child him/herself involved in the manufacture of that product. The countries and products featured: coffee (Columbia), straw hats (Ecuador), balsa wood (Peru), cacao (Venezuela), and tin (Bolivia). Each story is very "nice" (think "Leave It To Beaver") teaching not only in a very "nice" way about the culture and lifestyle as well, with anything resembling hardship or something sad have been purged. One thing I did find interesting was the desire for the United States (1941 perspective) to develop Bolivia's tin so that America could rely on getting more of it from there to become more self-sufficient and less on "British controlled sources"-- at that time (I am not sure about now) 80% of all the world's production of tin came from Britain or its colonies. When did the shift happen from the desire to be more self-sufficient to now when we have become lackeys in so many areas to other countries?