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The Facts On File Children's Atlas presents the world in a fun and alluring way so that children will want to study the maps and illustrations, read the text, and learn about the fascinating world around them. (For ages 7 and up.)
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Grade 2-6-This atlas appears to be designed mainly for browsing, with only minimal attention paid to children's informational needs. In each chapter or section (for example, "Hot and Cold Lands," "Europe," and "West Africa"), a physical map of the area, overlaid with red boundaries indicating political divisions, is accompanied by a brief text, captioned full-color illustrations, fact boxes and occasional charts, graphs, tables, and puzzles. Unfortunately, the text is often patronizing, oversimplified, and misleading. Photographic illustrations are generally attractive, diverse, and well reproduced, while their annotations occasionally suffer from the same defects as the text. The use of stamps as illustrations in fact boxes is at times confusing, as the stamp does not always clearly illustrate the highlighted fact or concept. In general, the focus seems haphazard and whimsical. While the maps are impressively current (not only including the new countries of the old U.S.S.R. but also showing the Czech and Slovak Republics as separate), they are not sufficiently outstanding to outweigh this volume's other flaws.
Stephen Del Vecchio, Family Academy, New York City
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 4-6. The 13-page opening section includes some thematic maps and an explanation of elevation and scale. Sections on the continents begin with physical and political maps of the areas covered, along with fact files (smallest country, largest lake, etc.). Each of 37 regional or country maps shows major cities as well as any city that is referred to in the text. Every map has insets that contain a locator map, the height of the landmass, and a scale legend. Additional material includes pictures of postage stamps and flags and sidebars highlighting aspects of history or culture. All maps appear on one page of a double-page spread so there is no gutter loss, although some of the maps are quite small. The four U.S. maps include Alaska, eastern U.S., western U.S., and a simple U.S. map showing state capitals.
Mary Ellen Quinn
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Book Description Facts on File, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0816029253
Book Description Facts on File, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110816029253