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Madagascar, island nation in the Indian Ocean, separated from the southeastern coast of Africa by the Mozambique Channel. Madagascar is made up of Madagascar Island, the fourth largest island in the world, and several small islands. Madagascar was annexed by France in 1896 and gained full independence in 1960. The country’s area totals 587,041 sq km (226,658 sq mi). Antananarivo is the capital and largest city.


For younger readers

Blauer, Ettagale, and Jason Laure. Madagascar. Children's Press, 2000. For readers in grades 4 to 7.

Heale, Jay. Madagascar. Marshall Cavendish, 1997. For readers in grades 5 to 7.

Pascoe, Elaine. Into Wild Madagascar. Blackbirch, 2004. Focuses on animal life, for readers in grades 3 to 6.

Powzyk, Joyce Ann. In Search of Lemurs: My Days and Nights in a Madagascar Rain Forest. National Geographic, 1998. For readers in grades 4 to 6.


Feeley-Harnik, Gillian. A Green Estate: Restoring Independence in Madagascar. Smithsonian, 1991. History of the last monarchy in Madagascar and its echoes in contemporary life.

Lanting, Frans. Madagascar: A World Out of Time. Aperture, 1990. The island nation's great natural beauty.

Tyson, Peter. The Eighth Continent: Life, Death and Discovery in the Lost World of Madagascar. Morrow, 2000. From the acclaimed producer of the PBS Nova series.


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