- Age Range: 7 and up
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Big Picture Press; Translation edition (October 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780763668969
- ISBN-13: 978-0763668969
- ASIN: 0763668966
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.8 x 14.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 427 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The sort of book you can't help touching.' - WSJ
'Maps' is as likely to engross adults as it is 7- to 10-year-olds. ... [I]t gives aesthetic pleasure all the way from the table of contents to the flags of the world at book's end.'
—The Wall Street Journal
'A visual extravaganza'
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At once a celebration of diversity and an investigation of the natural and cultural offerings that make each country unique, this expansive and impressive book of maps ... is richly detailed with dozens of extraordinary drawings... Hours of fascinating perusal await.
There is no dearth of atlases for children, but Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski's "Maps" is a standout. ... [The authors'] enthusiasm and love for facts kids might want to know shine forth in charming little illustrations.
[A] sumptuous illustrated children's atlas that combines chic, muted colors with witty and informative drawings on heavy matte paper that whispers under the fingers. ... The sort of book you can't help touching, "Maps" is as likely to engross adults as it is 7- to 10-year-olds. ... [I]t gives aesthetic pleasure all the way from the table of contents to the flags of the world at book's end.
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[A] nonfiction visual feast... [G]loriously portrays the world's profusion of creatures, mountains and man-made structures in chic, subdued shades of beige, mauve and eau de Nil.
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A visual extravaganza with fascinating trivia in pages as spacious and luxurious as a classic road atlas. It's an invitation to travel around the world one page at a time. ... "Maps" is a treat, with its richness of details catering to young readers in this electronic age who thrive on all kinds of visual stimuli. This book will also appeal to other members of the family. All will scour for details and trivia as obscure, fun and varied as where one might sandboard or see a yak.
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Along with geographical features and pictures, you'll find amusing depictions of indigenous animals, native dress and characteristic architecture... Between the buildings, food and history, the maps will awaken a wanderlust for unfamiliar and exotic locale.
Not exactly your library’s world atlas. These maps, illustrated in distinctive style by the authors, denote the culture and history of a place rather than its exact coordinates.
About the Author
Aleksandra Mizielin´ ska and Daniel Mizielin´ ski graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, in 2007. In 2010 they were nominated for the Bologna Ragazzi Award and the IBBY Honor List.
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This is a fun book to thumb through.
It does not feature all countries. But, I love the detail of the illustrations and the many random tidbits of each country. Definitely worth the buy!
BUT I there is no Korea in English vesion.. (sigh)
I still love this book though. :)
I think that the only possible downside is that there are a few odd choices in subject matter for the small illustrations on the maps - nothing untoward or glaringly incorrect, mind you! - but that is a mere quibble compared to how wonderful this book is that I feel guilty even mentioning it.
Well worth the purchase for the hours of enjoyment exploring the world through this lovely book.