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Families of Guatemala

Fall 2009 DVD
Ages: 5 - 12 yrs.
DVD Price: $29.95
This 30-minute DVD isn't snazzy or filled with statistics about Guatemala. It's simply a look at how two different children--a girl named Mariaelena, 7, and a boy named Jorge, 9,--live in Guatemala. We see them get up, go to school, work on the farm, cope with rainy afternoons and more. They don't sit around and play video games. They don't text their pals on cell phones. Although it's not terribly exciting, it will give children an insight into a day in the life of two families who are most likely very un-like their own and that's always a good thing.
Ann Oldenburg   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, a freelance writer and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, writes about television, celebrities and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She is the co-author of a travel guide book titled The Dog Lover's Companion to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, with her husband, Don Oldenburg, a former Washington Post writer. She and Don, who have three sons, live in McLean, Va.

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