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Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: Country Facts That Helped Me Win the National Geographic Bee Paperback – April 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792279816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792279815
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5 Up–Alphabetically organized fast facts about each of the world's 192 independent nations are listed here. Most of the information presented, with the exception of the black-and-white maps, could just as easily be found in an encyclopedia or almanac. However, for maps, flags, and a few fast facts, a good world atlas, such as The World Almanac World Atlas (Hammond, 2005) would suffice. What Afghanistan does, and does nicely, is bring most of the information together in a no-frills package. After listing the name of the country, area, population, capital, and so on, each entry provides additional facts grouped under three headings–Physical, Political, and Environmental/Economic. At the end of the book, Geographic Extremes–the biggest, longest, etc., for each continent are noted. Visually the volume is unremarkable. The introductory section, Things You Need to Know, directs readers to the National Geographic Web site for printable versions of the maps in the book. This is an additional purchase, particularly useful for schools in which students participate in the National Geographic Bee or for whom geographical facts are a passion.–Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

When Andrew Wojtanik was preparing to compete in the 2004 National Geographic Bee, he tried to find a single source that would list all the facts he felt he needed to know about every country in the world in a simple outline format. When he couldn’t find one, he decided to make his own book. His hard work paid off. Not only did he become the scholarship-winning champion, the National Geographic Society signed him up to publish his book!

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By me on September 20, 2007
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Thought it was interesting that all of the other reviews are by kids who know Andrew personally...

This book was bought for my school library and I quickly realized that all of the information given is available in almost any encyclopedia or website. Token details on each country and while the information is there and in one place, it really isn't worth the purchase price.

I showed it to our geography teacher and he basically said that it was OK, but certainly not something he would use a lot.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 7, 2005
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This book is crazy awesome! It has all the information that one would ever need about geography. Everything from basic facts to unique details about an assortment of countries is neatly compiled into an easy to use guide. Anyone remotely intersted in geography should buy this book. Also anyone that needs to know anything about geopgraphy for a class or report should buy this book. It is worth much more than it costs!
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There is some controversy about "Afghanistan to Zimbabwe". Is it an awesome study guide that can help you win the national geobee or is it a stripped down book of commonly available information with absolutely no additional content. Well, it's actually both those things. There isn't any content here about how to study or what the bee will be like. There are no practice questions or advice about tactics except the one laid out in the into an implicit in the bones of the book: choose a limited set of information about each country and then learn that set for every country. That's what this book is - a short list of facts about each and every country. Commonly available information, to be sure.

What Wojtanik brings to the table is his choice of which facts he thinks are salient. Only peaks over 8,000 feet are worth learning, for example. There are the basics - population, density, capital, size, economic highlights, disasters, rivers, lakes, highest lowest etc... and that's it. Certainly this brevity is useful. I noticed, however, that the winning question of a later national bee (Which Vietnamese city is located on a river of the same name? A: Hue) isn't covered here and this study guide wouldn't have won it for you that year. That being said - there certainly is a place for this book as raw material for cramming. If you are looking for a book that combines some reference information with study guides, advice, and sample questions, check out "The Geography Bee Complete Preparation Handbook: 1,001 Questions & Answers to Help You Win Again and Again" by Matthew T. Rosenberg.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill on January 3, 2014
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This is the EXACT same book as National Geography Bee Ultimate Fact Book - down to the page number. Don't buy both!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WorldCitizen on October 17, 2009
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I read this book and found it very informative. One of my friend's son used this along with National Geographic Bee Study Guide, Geography Bee Complete Preparation Handbook and the mygeotrivia website to prepare for the Geography Bee contest.
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