Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: Country Facts That Helped Me Win the National Geographic Bee


2004 National Geographic Bee winner Andrew Wojtanik created this source reference that lists all of the facts you need to know about every country in a simple outline form.
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2004 National Geographic Bee winner Andrew Wojtanik created this source reference that lists all of the facts you need to know about every country in a simple outline form.
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Editorial Reviews

After winning the 2004 National Geographic Bee, Andrew Wojtanik was asked to write this study manual about the 192 countries of the world. Organized alphabetically by country, it provides facts about the physical, political, environmental, and economic conditions of each country. Included are peaks higher than 8,000 feet, rivers more than 100 miles long, and cities with a population of more than 1 million. Continent maps indicating each country's location open the guide, and a more detailed political map accompanies each country study. Wojtanik advises those students applying for the bee to use the guide as a companion tool along with a good, detailed atlas. The book will also stand on its own as a geographic reference tool. The glossary explains such terms as mistral, patois, and Coptic. There is also an appendix giving geographic extremes in the world such as the largest rain forest and the lowest point. Much of the information in the guide will not change quickly, but the inclusion of the current leaders of each country will make its usefulness in that area outdated almost overnight. Nevertheless this book will be a useful reference for both geographic bee contestants and geography researchers. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, National Geographic, 384p.; Glossary. Maps. Biblio., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Leslie Carter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792279815
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: Andrew Wojtanik - 2004 National Champion
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 388,963
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

When Andrew Wojtanik was preparing to compete in the 2004 National Geographic Bee, he tried to find a single source that would list all the facts he felt he needed to know about every country in the world in a simple outline format. When he couldn’t find one, he decided to make his own book. His hard work paid off. Not only did he become the scholarship-winning champion, the National Geographic Society signed him up to publish his book!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005


    I wish National Geographic and Andrew could produce something of value. My point, look at the index. His main source is Anyone can add information to this website, it is completely a joke. Anyone could have written this book. Congrats Naitonal Geographic, you screwed me out of my money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2006

    Nice work Andrew now i believe you

    Nice work I had to see it for myself but it's true I wish I got up and put myself to do something extraordinary and had the time to write a book at your age as well but you beat me to it congrats.

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