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The Kingfisher Young People's Atlas of the World Hardcover – September 15, 1997

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Grade 4-6. This inviting, profusely illustrated atlas partners high-quality maps with vibrant text in a solid introduction to the geography of today's world, providing a cultural, historical, and political perspective. Organized by continent and then by country, the book presents a plethora of factual information in a logical, user-friendly fashion. Busy yet serviceable double-page spreads with lucid text address topics such as landscape, climate, economy, history, peoples and languages, government, culture, architecture, and religion; locator globes and flags are also included. High-quality color photos and illustrations are accompanied by informative captions. Distracting black-and-white borders frame each spread. The introductory chapters are augmented by fact boxes comprised of up-to-date statistics about geographic points of interest ("The Earth") and tidbits such as the "Most crowded country" or "Largest city" ("The Continents"). The highlight of this resource is the stellar array of meticulously detailed, computer-generated relief maps that show capital cities, borders, mountains, etc. A well-composed supplementary section of charts, arranged by continent, provides a current statistical overview of the area, population, capital city, and major products of each country. The table of contents and comprehensive index are superb. With its less cluttered format, The National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our World (National Geographic, 1994) is also a fascinating and informative introduction to the continents and countries.?Hillary Jan Donitz-Goldstein, New York Public Library
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“This inviting, profusely illustrated atlas partners high-quality maps with vibrant text in a solid introduction to the geography of today's world, providing a cultural, historical, and political perspective. Organized by continent and then by country, the book presents a plethora of factual information in a logical, user-friendly fashion . . . double-page spreads with lucid text address topics such as landscape, climate, economy, history, peoples and languages, government, culture, architecture, and religion; locator globes and flags are also included. High-quality color photos and illustrations are accompanied by informative captions . . . The introductory chapters are augmented by fact boxes comprised of up-to-date statistics about geographic points of interest . . . and tidbits such as the 'Most crowded country' or 'Largest city' . . . The highlight of this resource is the stellar array of meticulously detailed, computer-generated relief maps that show capital cities, borders, mountains, etc. A well-composed supplementary section of charts, arranged by continent, provides a current statistical overview of the area, population, capital city, and major products of each country. The table of contents and comprehensive index are superb.” ―Hillary Jan Donitz-Goldstein, New York Public Library, School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; 1st edition (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753450860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753450864
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,590,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Though nicely illustrated with color photographs and drawings, this atlas is short on information and gives disappointingly uneven coverage to different regions of the world. I can understand that several pages are devoted to the US because it is made for an American audience. But here are some less justifiable examples of the unequal attention:
Canada has its own page; Mexico shares with all of Central America and the Caribbean.
New Zealand has a page of its own but not China, India, or Russia. Australia, France, Germany, and Japan are the only other countries with their own dedicated pages, though the other countries of western Europe are two or three to a page. Africa, South America, and Asia (other than Japan) are broken into a few large regions.

My 9 yr old daughter was excited to open the book, but was immediately disappointed by the unfairness she found it its pages. I would recommend looking for a more comprehensive atlas.
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Format: Paperback
As with most atlases, this book divides the world into various regions, some as small as countries (e.g. Western Africa, Oceania, France, etc.) The book has many colorful topographical maps as well as pictures of important locations, animals, activities and/or native dress. Interestingly, each one contains a picture of a native dish. At the end of the book is a chart of facts and figures, organized by continent, which includes the following information: country, area, population, capital, official language, currency, and major products.

I bought this atlas for my children sight unseen, and do not regret it in the least. My small children (6 and 8) like it, and the depth of information it contains is sure to make the book useful for years to come. I recommend it absolutely.
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Format: Hardcover
As with most atlases, this book divides the world into various regions, some as small as countries (e.g. Western Africa, Oceania, France, etc.) The book has many colorful topographical maps as well as pictures of important locations, animals, activities and/or native dress. Interestingly, each one contains a picture of a native dish. At the end of the book is a chart of facts and figures, organized by continent, which includes the following information: country, area, population, capital, official language, currency, and major products.

I bought this atlas for my children sight unseen, and do not regret it in the least. My small children (6 and 8) like it, and the depth of information it contains is sure to make the book useful for years to come. I recommend it absolutely.
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Format: Paperback
This Atlas has children in mind throughout all of it's colorful pages, and easy to understand wording. It includes every continent and every country. Of course it's not as in depth as National Geographic would, but this is a children' book so obviously it wouldn't. But if has enough information for children to retain and understand, and enough pictures to keep their attention. Highly recommended! This book WAS made in 1997, so of course this is before most of Europe went to the Euro and before Bosnia-Herzegovina split into two separate countries.
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