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World Atlas, written by Nick Crane, illustrated by David Dean, and recently released by children s publisher Barefoot Books, is an unconventional beauty. --The Boston Globe

This fresh and informative atlas offers engaging, fact-filled overviews of Earth s oceans and continents. Mini-books, flaps, and sidebars address topics ranging from People and Places to Transport. Dean s maps are crowded with warmly illustrated people, animals, places, and objects that represent particular areas of the world Ukraine is distinguished by a Cossack dancer and ornately decorated pysanka, and a ring-tailed lemur appears in Madagascar. With its emphasis on sustainability, interconnectedness, and diversity, the book offers young armchair travelers and globe-trotters much to discover. Includes a removable world map. --Publishers Weekly

Broken down into major regions and illustrated with images characteristic of the area, this atlas of maps makes navigating the world s terrain a pleasure. Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, for instance, boasts pictures of the Vokstok Station, Adelie penguins, and a dog-sled team, plus krill and cruise ships. A facing page includes encyclopedic info on climate and weather, wildlife, and natural resources. Traversing Europe, North Africa, and the rest of the globe unearths equal charms. Ages nine to twelve. --Foreword Magazine

About the Author

Nick Crane is a cartographer, explorer, writer and well-loved television presenter. As a child, Nick explored the Norfolk countryside armed with a bicycle and a map; ever since, he has been journeying the world. In 1992-3, he walked 10,000 kilometers across Europe, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. He lives with his family in London, England.

David Dean is a full-time illustrator who travels the world from the comfort of his own studio. He paints in a room surrounded by books from many different cultures, which inspire his exotic and colorful work. In his spare time, David enjoys walking and taking photographs of the countryside near his house in Cheshire, England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1180L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; Rei/Map edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846863333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846863332
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Strambinha on August 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Generally I enjoy the barefoot publications and I really wanted to like this atlas. But just leafing through the America pages of the book I immediately found a few errors:

The book states that North America is comprised of "only two countries", United States and Canada. The author and whoever revised this book seems not to know that Mexico is part of North America.

São Paulo in Brazil is printed as São Paolo in the map.

The book says that South American populations are formed by Southern European settlers and native populations - in reality, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil received many thousands of immigrants from Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Lebanon and Syria, among others. The book also forgets to mention that in Brazil there is the largest population of Japanese descendants outside of Japan, and one of the largest from Africa.

I did not continue to read other parts of the book, but just 4 pages gave me enough errors to be concerned about what is on the rest. On a positive note, despite being overly simplified, the maps are pretty and eye catching, I believe they would easily grab the attention and curiosity of children.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By slee on January 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Yesterday I was in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and browsing through the bookstore there I found what seemed to be a wonderful book for young people on the world. The book is titled, World Atlas by Nick Crane and David Dean published by Barefoot Books in 2011. I bought it for my granddaughter, and I was quite excited to have found it until I got home and began to read through it.

I am not knowledgeable about the entire world's facts, but I do know about the US, Mexico, Central America and South America. There are egregious errors - one of the worst being not to include Mexico in North America and putting it instead with Central America.

To say that "although these countries are part of the North American continent, their culture is very distinct from the USA and Canada." (page 40) is to isolate them even more from the USA when a great effort has been made by educators at every level to teach that Mexico is part of North America, and to discuss commonalities.

Next I open the "Did you know" flap and become equally or more upset as the authors state that Teotihucan (built around 200 BCE ) is a huge area of Mayan ruins in the Basin of Mexico. Without going into a dissertation on this I would just mention that the origin of Teotihucan is not really known and it definitely is not Mayan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the most visited archaeological site in Mexico. All the authors had to do was Google the site to not make such an insulting error. To me this is like saying that even though Mexico is our neighbor to the south is not important enough to offer our children accurate facts.

There are other errors about south American such as misspelling and poor information about the people and places.
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its fun to go through this together with my son. somethings were new to me as well!
we repeat once we are done and read it again and again together. this was good family fun.
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By Linda M. Tynan on November 3, 2014
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Wonderful book and we use the World Atlas App ALL THE TIME!!!!!!! Such a great learning tool.
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By S. Danielle Brashears on February 11, 2015
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Love this book. Full of interesting facts and very colorful
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on March 12, 2012
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I really liked this book when I saw it at my local library. I bought it for my nephew for Christmas. It has great bold colors and lift the flap information questions that make it fun to learn.
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