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Children's LiteratureEach of the nine chapters includes an overview that touches on the salient features of the continent. The overview page is facing a political map detailing principal cities located within larger divisions, rivers, substantive lakes, and faint suggestions of geographical features. Chapters cover the history; environment; people; culture and religion; natural resources; economy; the world's view of the continent, including current problems and unrest; the wildlife found there; and some issues that the continent will face in the future. The war in Iraq is briefly touched upon, as is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This excellent series is distinguished by its numerous maps, which compare different aspects, such as population, topography, and income across Asia. The book also includes graphs, boxed "fact files," and occasional boxed "In Focus" segments, which cover interesting sidebar information with more depth than the general text provides. Full-color pictures are fresh, interesting, and augment rather than merely reflect text. Back matter includes statistics about each country, a glossary, related informational sources, and an index. All in all, it is a solid, fair, and useful source of information. It is more suitable for an older audience than the "Continents" series (Weigl), which might be accessible as guided reading for children as young as 8 or 9, but more rightfully seems aimed at sixth grade and up. Part of the "Continents of the World" series. 2006 (orig. 2005), World Almanac Library, Ages 10 to 14.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.