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Where on Earth: A Geografunny Guide to the Globe Paperback – September 8, 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

Hilarious from start to finish, this is the way kids might wish to be educated in all their subjects--with puns and ingenious analogies providing mnemonic devices. Among the many memorable comparisons: the international date line becomes a half-shaven face; an isthmus is seen as a person's neck; four banana slices in a bowl of cereal and milk represent land masses in contrast to oceans. Definitions are to the point, yet there's admirable depth (e.g., the way in which geographical divisions are linked to culture and history, as exemplified by four generations staying in Lvov, but reared in four different countries). Steppe by steppe, with no pampa -sity, this brother team makes the continents merrily manageable. Cartoony illustrations extend the academic antics, which will have kids heading strait for the bookshelves to peruse this winner. All ages.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up-- A unique, funny, and informative title. After an introductory chapter defining various aspects of the study of the Earth, each continent is covered in a concise but comprehensive manner. Examples and illustrations of geographical terms and forms are provided and related to everyday situations and events. Easy-to-understand explanations make the material fun. Profusely illustrated with colorful cartoons and comic-strip art, the book is very readable. Some of the jokes and puns may be lost on younger readers, but this will not detract from their enjoyment of the book or the fact that they'll absorb a considerable amount of material about geography. Environmental concerns and recycling methods are addressed in a positive and clever way. A glossary of terms is included and the index is comprehensive. A welcome supplement to geography sections. --Valerie Childress, J. W. Holloway Middle School, Whitehouse, TX
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 8, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679808337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679808336
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're looking for the perfect geography overview for elementary students, even those who are bored, fussy, or non-spatial learners, this is the best you'll ever find. Paul Rosenthal and his brother Marc teamed up on creating this treasure, and it takes kids where they've never gone before - into an enjoying venture around the world. Each continent is dealt with individually, presenting a comic-strip format overview for each, with hilarious text to follow. The text format "breathes" too, you don't see great, daunting paragraphs of words (which can become reading blocks by default). Every student I've used this with has enjoyed it thoroughly, and learned much without much effort.
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Great for those students who have a basic grasp of world geography but would appreciate an overview that is humorous and fills in little-known details. For example:

"The Amazon rain forest was named after the Amazons, a group of warrior women who do not live in the Amazon rain forest. (These women are part of an ancient Greek myth about a tribe of fierce females who live without men. The Greeks never explained how the Amazons made more Amazons this way.)"

The author then goes on to explain how an early Spanish explorer saw some women warriors around the Amazon River and believed them to be like the legendary Greek Amazons. The book is full of details like this and many other interesting facts. It cannot be used alone however because it lacks clear maps and other more "boring" facts found in regular textbooks.
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This book was a nice read. It was informative and was a great addition to our Geography curriculum! My son loved the illustrations and the "comic" jokes throughout the book. It kept his interested throughout all the different countries.
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I bought this book when our oldest son was only 3 years old because I thought it was so wonderful, and that was almost 15 years ago! We used it to teach him all about the world, the continents and the like and we're using it with our 11 year old now. It's a great book, the illustrations and examples are great~ perfect for all ages ~ you've got to have this book.
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This one is worth searching for. Fun, informative read. Quirky, so you'll remember the information. Why not make learning enjoyable? This is how to do it.
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