From School Library Journal
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
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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!