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Summary: With an array of photos, illustrations, and inset boxes, children learn about the world around them. In addition to the earth's physical geography and topography, the atlas describes the peoples and societies of each continent. This is an annotated atlas with links to additional (kid-safe) resources to learn more about the subjects covered.
Type of Reading: interactive reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 13; read yourself: 10 to 13
Interest Level: 6 to 13
Age of Child: Shared with 13-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: We left this one on the coffee table and our ("I don't like reading") preteen picked it up several times. She would flip through it. She said it was too close to school reading, but did say "hey, did you know ..." a number of times.
Adult Reader Reaction: Even though this atlas is designed for young readers, I still learned a lot. It is fascinating - and fun - to explore. This would be a great choice for readers who like to explore books, rather than feel "bound" to read them from beginning to end.
Pros: Nurture a child's curiosity about the world with this atlas. There is plenty to explore and enjoy, even without the "internet-linked" resources.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that will grow with your child.
Educational Themes: There are many, many layers to this book. Let your young reader lead you to an area of exploration and then go with it.
Notes: A publisher's rep donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - geography, maps, cultures and tradition, atlas