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THE KINGFISHER ATLAS OF WORLD HISTORY: A Pictorial Guide to the World’s People and Events, 10000BCE-Present

Author: Simon Adams

Illustrator: Katherine Baxter

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Publisher: Kingfisher, ©2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: Here’s a unique atlas that charts major periods from the ancient world to today. It covers religion, exploration, wars, colonization, kingdoms,famous people, technology and a whole lot more. This photo-illustrated atlas offers kids a perspective of history with maps of many varieties, not just geography.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 9; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 7 to 12

Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The young lady who looked at this book loved it!

Adult Reader Reaction: Reaction: I found this to be a very appealing volume with much to recommend it. I liked the maps with historical icons and the textual information.

Pros: A very comprehensive book of maps and photographic features, this volume offers an excellent overview of the periods covered. It’s a great starting point for a more detailed study.

Cons: I can’t really think of any.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Every school and public library should have a copy of this book but it is so much fun that I’d want my own copy at home as well.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE USBORNE INTERNET-LINKED FIRST ATLAS   ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD GEOGRAPHY with Complete World Atlas (Usborne Internet-Linked Books)   THE TIME BOOK: A BRIEF HISTORY FROM LUNAR CALENDARS TO ATOMIC CLOCKS

Educational Themes: The maps in the book - and the breadth of time it covers - offers readers a chance to explore history in different ways and in different subject areas.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - world history, atlas, maps, sociology, geography, cultures

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2010

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