Atlas of North America

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Explore North America! Take a look at the continent's countries, people, cities, plants, animals, farming and industry, transportation, and leisure activities.
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Explore North America! Take a look at the continent's countries, people, cities, plants, animals, farming and industry, transportation, and leisure activities.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
For middle readers just beginning a serious study of geography and cartography, this "World Atlases" series offers eight volumes of colorful maps showing seven continents and the polar regions. Each book has thirteen double-page spreads, starting with an introduction to map conventions and symbols (compass rose, legend, tropics, the equator, scale bar). The political map of North America includes Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean countries surrounded by their brightly colored flags. Other spreads present maps of North America's landforms, bodies of water (the Mississippi, the Rio Grande, Lake Nicaragua), climate, and major ecosystems, including a selection of animals and plants from tundra to tropical. Especially interesting is the population map, showing density greatest in the eastern United States with other dense areas around large cities like Mexico City, Montreal, and Havana. A "People and Customs" spread tells something about the diverse cultures of the continent with pictures, including Purepecha folk art and an Inuit dogsled team; designed as a bulletin board, a postcard page displays touristy views of attractions like Mount Rushmore and a sandy beach in Jamaica. A products map reveals that North America's assets include oil and natural gas, technology, and tourism, while a transportation map shows how North Americans get around on major highways, railways, and waterways. As a finale, the last spread takes readers on a steamboat journey up the Mississippi from New Orleans to Minneapolis. Summing it all up is a page of brief North American facts and a glossary. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4- Designed for students just beginning to use atlases, these books offer well-organized, easy-to-access information. All three open with a map of the Earth highlighting the specific continent in relation to the rest of the world. The spreads also include general information about maps including definitions of terms such as "equator," "Tropic of Cancer," and "Arctic Circle"; and descriptions of map features such as legends, compass roses, and scale. This information prepares readers as they explore the continents through sections about countries (though Greenland is not labeled on the map of North America), landforms, bodies of water, climate, plants, animals, people and customs, products, and transportation. Young readers are sure to like "Postcard Places," which features color photographs of the more amazing places on the relevant continent. Small photographs or colorful text boxes draw readers' attention to points of interest or fun facts. Maps and legends are simple, yet disseminate information clearly. These books will engage young researchers with a bit more ease than Wendy Vierow's "Atlas of the Seven Continents" series (Rosen).-Christine Lindsey, Lake Superior Primary School, Ashland, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404838932
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Picture Window Books World Atlases Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 795,249
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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