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Around the World Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book) Paperback – March 16, 2005
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-"The tomato plant was first grown in Argentina." Most experts say they're from PERU, where the greatest biological diversity was found, some say maybe Ecuador. It was definitely up in the Andes, so it's possible it was over the border in Argentina, but I've seen no credible source claiming that.
-The Australian national wonder, once called Ayer's Rock, is now called ULURU, not "Ulura."
-The Wodaabe nomads have an annual male beauty pageant which usually occurs in Niger, not Nigeria. With all the ethnic groups in Nigeria, I'm surprised they highlighted one mainly associated with Niger.
There are some other odd editorial choices in terms of what is highlighted. Some nations seem to be shafted in terms of interesting facts- when there are so many available. I thought Turkey's page was wildly lackluster- no mentions of grand empires, Constantinople, Suleiman the Magnificent, whirling dervishes, turkish delight, kilim carpets.. Instead we find out about its production of tobacco and their native Angora goats which produce mohair wool. Turkey barely makes the top ten in tobacco producing countries,and it's not in the top mohair producers.
But, as long as you aren't taking this coloring book as gospel, it's still great for teaching kids the name and shapes of many countries as well as MANY interesting facts, almost all of which are true.
"Around the World" takes the colorist exactly there: to "more than thirty nations, with fun stories, facts, and illustrations to highlight the features that makes each country special" (Note from copyright page).
Here is a specific example: Saudi Arabia (Asia/Middle East) with a country outline in the upper center of the page (for coloring). Inside the borders are images of a camel and a man's bust (head and shoulders picture). The man wears a ghutra; the book explains it.
At the bottom of the page are a Saudi flag (just itching to be colored) and a list of Fast Facts about Arabia. Images of Saudi Arabia that lie outside the borders include a ship carrying oil, one of Mecca with explanation of its importance to Islam and the last of The Rub al Khala ("Empty Quarter"), a place completely uninhabitable.
A teacher could use a book like this as a culminating activity to a study of the countries of the world, or as an introduction, especially if projects are assigned. A sampling of the thirty countries includes Russia, the region of Scandinavia, United Kingdom, Japan, North and South Korea, Indonesia, Ireland, and Australia.
The point of this book is to provide basic information about each country in a simple format for coloring; yet, don't expect a typical coloring book. However, there is enough to color to make a point. Recommended.
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I was so happy to receive this book for my kids! It has a lot of information from different countries around the world. As we read the facts they can color the pages.Published 18 days ago by Marcela L.
Nice facts about the countries covered. I hope there are more like this that will cover more countries in Africa, the Mideast, and more in South America. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AceStandards
We bought them to give to schoolchildren in Peru on a recent trip. They were very well received by the children and their teacher. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen Bentkover
As a 64 year old grandmother of 3 I read through this awesome coloring book before giving to my grandkids and learned a lot about the countries featured in it.Published 1 month ago by Kathleen E.