Children’s World Atlas, by Igloo Books

Children’s World Atlas. Igloo Books, 2008.  128 pages.

Content: A great resource for tweens, this atlas starts with some overview world maps and facts, and a helpful, “How to get the best out of this atlas” spread.  The rest of the atlas broken down into section by continent.  Within each continent’s section there is a map of the entire continent as well as maps of the individual countries or regions of that continent.  Individual country or region two-page spreads include 3 text boxes entitled.  “Data” contains information about longest river, highest mountain, miles of coastline, climate, per capita annual income.  “Fascinating facts” provides bits of information designed to intrigue and interest readers about that country.  “Q & A” asks and answers common questions about the country.  Full color photographs include depictions of natural resources, buildings, fauna and flora, and industries, while text provides a general overview of the place.

Review: Nicely detailed and not too overwhelming, this world atlas is a perfect fit for tweenagers.  The colorful photographs and clearly marked maps make navigating the pages of this book easy and interesting.  Whether flipping through to compare two countries’ longest rivers or looking for what languages are spoken on what continents or writing a report on one particular country, this atlas provides ample information for all of these endeavors and more.  One drawback: tweens may be a bit put off by the word “Children’s” in the title, though it might serve to tweens confident that the book is  accessible to them, which it most certainly is.  One nice addition: end pages are covered with flags of the world.

Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Reading/Interest Level: 8-12 years

Available in: Hardcover

ISBN: 978-1845613938

Similar Books: The Everything Kids’ Geography Book: From the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef – explore the world!, Time for Kids Super Science Book, Time for Kids Almanac 2011

Subjects: geography, continents, countries, cultures, rivers, mountains, oceans, lakes, climate, population, natural resources, plants, animals

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