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Child's Introduction to the World: Geography, Cultures, and People - From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall of China Hardcover – May 26, 2010

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About the Author

Heather Alexander has written numerous books for children and young adults including previous titles in this series, A Child's Introduction to the World and A Child's Introduction to Greek Mythology. She is a former children's book editor and lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Meredith Hamilton graduated from Brown University and has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Formerly an art director at Newsweek and Time, she illustrated the previous six books in the Child's Introduction series, among other books, and her work can be found in magazines and animations as well. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and three children.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; Stk edition (May 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128326
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"A Child's Introduction to the World: Geography, Cultures, and People - From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall of China" is a treasure trove of explorations of world geography and culture, complete with engaging illustrations, activities, and even a build-it-yourself paper globe with reusable stickers to help kids imagine and find the places they are studying on the globe map. Written by an award-winning, globe-trotting author, "A Child's Introduction to the World" is divided into two parts. Part One: Where Am I? teaches young explorers basic facts of geography and map-reading skills, and why any of this information is important as well as interesting. In addition to earth's global nature and history, there are detailed illustrations and cool factoid infobytes and always important, notes on human history and cultures. Part two: Welcome to the World his sections on the continents, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica and the Arctic regions. Each section is subdivided with more specific information about different areas of the continent. Additional resources and knowledge centers are listed at the end in Read More About It. "A Child's Introduction to the World" is a one volume invitation to wonder at the myriad diversity of geographies and cultures in the world for children grades 4-8 (roughly estimated).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 17, 2011
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I really loved the book and my 8 yr old could not put it down. He loves it!
Now I gave it 3 stars because a big reason for buying this book was the pop-up globe and the stickers that come with it and my boy was really disappointed everytime he would take it out wanting to do it, the stickers would just fly off. There is absolutely no glue on it and many have got lost because of that. The publishers dont have any contact info or I would have mailed them to give a replacement.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joy Casey on December 19, 2010
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I could barely put it down. It is an absolutely wonderful book on geography--very interesting. Adults will learn a lot, too, as I did! What a marvelous writer and illustrator! What a great contribution to children (and adults)!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Plonski-McGavock on October 5, 2010
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We are using this book for the Geography component of our homeschool--my 6 year old loves it. The reading level is over her head at the moment, but by reading it together [and doing the experiments as well] we are bringing geography to life. Where was this book when I was a kid? Sigh...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 2014
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This children's book has errors in its pages on Great Britain, placing Wales in roughly the area of Cornwall and Devon. As a result, I'm dubious about its accuracy and will probably not give it as a gift. I also wonder about the companion Child's Guide to the Night Sky, because I have no way of noticing errors there.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fin Jen on February 27, 2013
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Intersesting book. Very colorful and, I believe, perfect for children of many ages. But the proofreader should be fired as I found numerous typos I was almost embarassed to let the school kids read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy Herman on November 21, 2013
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A great book for children to learn about geography. I had been looking for a book that explained longitude, latitude, hemispheres, the mantle, core and crust of the Earth, etc. This is a great book for homeschooling. I highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Ambrosio on February 8, 2012
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Though only looking briefly at this book, which I purchased through Amazon and which was a gift, I felt it was thorough and well written. I liked the way it was put together and the pictures of the countries. It's a pleasant way to learn the subject.
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