A tropical paradise in the southwest Pacific Ocean, the natural beauty of the Philippines has earned the island nation the nickname "The Pearl of the Orient Sea." Readers will explore the rich history of the Philippines, from how its 7,107 islands were first settled to what role the country has played in world history. They will also learn about the Philippines' government, rich culture, diverse plant and animal life, and much more. The complex text in this title allows the reader to explore unique features of the country and determine how key details support the main idea of the text. Text features, such as bold print, captions, and call-out boxes provide clarity and help students locate answers to questions.