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Barefoot Books World Atlas Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
we repeat once we are done and read it again and again together. this was good family fun.