A Child's Introduction to the World: Geography, Cultures, and People - From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall of China

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This latest volume in Black Dog's bestselling, award-winning series for kids explores the countries, terrains, and cultures of our fascinating planet

Readers ages 9 to 12 will travel around the globe, from Greenland to Tasmania, learning the locations and characteristics of continents, countries, and states and provinces in this lively introduction to our world. Starting with the basics—hemispheres, latitude and longitude, continental drift, map notation, landforms, population ...

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Overview


This latest volume in Black Dog's bestselling, award-winning series for kids explores the countries, terrains, and cultures of our fascinating planet

Readers ages 9 to 12 will travel around the globe, from Greenland to Tasmania, learning the locations and characteristics of continents, countries, and states and provinces in this lively introduction to our world. Starting with the basics—hemispheres, latitude and longitude, continental drift, map notation, landforms, population density, and more—the book gives kids a solid foundation to begin exploring world geography. Each section profiles a different continent, including climates and biomes (tundra, grasslands, etc.), mountain ranges and bodies of water, people and cultures, governments and industries, wildlife, and much more. And sidebars throughout offer biographies of explorers, fun facts, and projects kids can do with parents or on their own.   The book also includes a pop-up paper globe and reusable stickers.

With 150 charming, original watercolor illustrations, A Child's Introduction to the World is an entertaining and comprehensive overview of our fascinating planet.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
This exceptional introduction to Earth and different continents is a must-have for elementary school classrooms. The author begins with a basic explanation of how different continents were formed and how explorers "discovered" places like North America. The book then takes each continent and breaks it down geographically, explaining the culture and differences in places such as Northern Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and North Africa. While the author skims over most geopolitical conflicts (Western Africa is mentioned to have "a lot of bloody civil wars;" and there are no factoids on El Salvador or Nicaragua, for example), there are pull-out boxes about oil in the Middle East and the scarcity of drinkable water in Africa. Written in a bright tone that is never condescending, the colorful illustrations provide useful assistance in geographical orientation. It also makes a point to talk about overpopulation, the differences in climates, and shows children how to read a map. This edition includes a packet inside with a pop-up 3-D globe and stickers. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Kirkus Reviews
Globalization is integral to today's society, and everyone, children and adults, needs a better sense of geography, but this atlas with old-fashioned watercolor illustrations and painted maps that are difficult to read is not the best way for kids to learn. It includes tidbits of information about history, holidays, inventions and foods, but it lacks area and population figures. Children in the middle-elementary grades need clear maps and photos to gain a sense of reality about the world. Warm fuzzy feelings ("Nature has given our planet amazing landforms") and disparate fun facts have a place, but unfortunately this "introduction," with its pop-up globe and stickers (not seen, but they may be the best part of the package) does little to de-romanticize the world's cultures (in Ho Chi Minh City, "people ride bicycles instead of driving cars"). This oversimplified approach may work in other books in the A Child's Introduction to . . . series, but in this subject area, The National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers (2007) is a better choice for home, schools and public libraries. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579128326
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/26/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 237,206
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Alexander has written numerous books for children and young adults including previous titles in this series, A Child's Introduction to the World and A Child's Introduction to Greek Mythology. She is a former children's book editor and lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Meredith Hamilton graduated from Brown University and has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Formerly an art director at Newsweek and Time, she illustrated the previous six books in the Child's Introduction series, among other books, and her work can be found in magazines and animations as well. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and three children.

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