Atlas of South Americaby Karen Foster
Explore South America! Take a look at the continent's countries, people, cities, plants, animals, farming and industry, transportation, and leisure activities.
Children's Literature - Barbara L. TalcroftFor 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 South America shows its thirteen countries surrounded by their brightly colored flags. Other spreads present maps of South America's landforms, bodies of water (the Amazon, the Parana, Lake Maracaibo), climate, and major ecosystems, including a selection of rain forest animals and plants. Especially interesting is the population map, showing densely populated areas clustered around the coasts and large cities. A "People and Customs" spread tells something about the diverse cultures of the continent with pictures of Peruvian mountain people and Brazilian soccer player Pele, plus, designed as a bulletin board, a postcard page displaying touristy views of attractions like Machu Picchu and gauchos on the Pampas. A products map reveals that South America's resources include coffee, bananas, emeralds, copper, and lots of oil, while a transportation map shows that South Americans get around by air and water, since railways and major highways are scarce. As a finale, the last spread takes readers on a journey, in this case a sail on Lake Titicaca high in the Andes, to celebrate legendry founders of the Inca empire. Summing it all up is a page of brief South American facts and a glossary. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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