Firefly Atlas of North America: United States, Canada and Mexico


A brand new atlas of our continent.

This brand new atlas presents the increasingly multicultural and diverse realm that is North America. Divided into three sections covering the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Pacific Territories), Canada and Mexico, this atlas uses up-to-date maps, expert narrative coverage and revealing statistics to illustrate the continent's geographic and social features.

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A brand new atlas of our continent.

This brand new atlas presents the increasingly multicultural and diverse realm that is North America. Divided into three sections covering the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Pacific Territories), Canada and Mexico, this atlas uses up-to-date maps, expert narrative coverage and revealing statistics to illustrate the continent's geographic and social features.

Each country section opens with a map and a color-coded legend to the regional maps that follow. All 50 U.S. states (plus Washington, D.C.), the 13 Canadian provinces and territories (including Nunavut) and Mexico's 32 states are illustrated in brilliant, large-scale maps. Presenting an outstanding depth of detail, they include:

  • Settlements and administration (population, boundaries, counties, national parks, Native reservations, capitals and points of interest)
    and communications (highways, railroads, airports and canals)
  • Physical features (streams, swamps, dry lakes, mountain passes, peaks and their elevations, deserts and valleys)
  • Each country's larger urban centers (41 u.s., six Canadian and four Mexican), including roads, tunnels, railroads, subway stations, public buildings, parks and churches.

Additional features are:

  • Narrative sections with an informative essay on a region's history, geography, industry and capital city
  • "At a glance" tables of recent statistics on a region's demographics, languages, housing, education and business
  • A comprehensive index of 40,000 place names and geographic features, with latitude and longitude coordinates and alphanumeric grid references
  • Page-number indicators and locator windows that make it easy to identify and find adjacent maps.

The abundance of detailed data and magnificent maps make this atlas an unparalleled reference and research tool.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Mary E. Heslin
This beautiful atlas introduces Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Central America and the Caribbean get a two-page map spread. There is a three-part structure-a narrative, a maps section, and an extensive index of place names and geographic features with latitude and longitude coordinates and alphanumeric grid references. A statistics page details basics such as weather, population, and mountain height. Most Canadian provinces and U.S. states merit a full page of text dealing with their major geographic features, economies, histories, and important cities. Mexico's thirty-one states and federal district are lumped into three regions; total narrative comment covers but three pages. There are sixty-five pages of U.S. maps, twenty-five of Canadian, and twenty-one of Mexican maps providing political and topographical information. Country sections begin with a map of each nation's territory with political units labeled and color coded so that a reader can easily see where a provincial, state, or regional map fits into the whole. Thumbnail maps on each map page perform the same function. Rudimentary street maps of the major cities are also included. Brilliant use of color and layout technique will appeal to both teen and adult readers. Much of the textual information can be found in encyclopedias, but it is gathered here in one place for easy access and in sufficient detail to meet lay needs. Cartographical details are up-to-date. Mexico gets short shrift, but for libraries looking to enhance their holdings on the U.S. and Canada, this well-priced atlas is worth consideration.
Library Journal
Firefly provides a province-by-province and state-by-state gazetteer for Canada and the United States as well as coverage of Mexico's regions (i.e., northern, southern, and central). Each entry includes a map; an image of the official flag; text expounding on land and economy, history, and main cities; and a fact box detailing date of admission, federal legislative representation, population, capital, local legislature, area, elevation, nickname (for U.S. states), motto, bird, flower, and tree. For Mexican regions, the fact boxes list the states with their population, area, and capitals. The bulk of the atlas is divided into three sections covering the United States, Canada, and Mexico. These sections share a general index featuring more than 40,000 entries for place names and topographical features (with full geographical coordinates). Each nation is treated in a series of full-color, computer-generated maps of the entire country, its regions, and state/province close-ups, with detailed and dramatic terrain modeling. Interspersed are city map sections with a total of 47 major North American metropolitan and downtown areas. Maps of Greenland and the Caribbean area are also provided.
—Edward K. Werner
The Midwest Book Review, California Bookwatch - Diane C. Donovan
What makes [this atlas] stand out from the crowd is the focus on large-scale maps with excellent cartography by Philip's. ... Add excellent gazette facts-at-a-glance perfect for high school and public library reference holdings and you have a reference sure to be a popular and lasting acquisition.
Booklist - Mary Ellen Quinn and Christine Bulson
This new atlas is recommended for libraries that do not have the Oxford atlas. It has fewer pages (272 to 32) but is $55 compared to $125 for Oxford.
American Reference Books Annual - Benet Steven Exton
Recommended for public and academic libraries.
Choice - T. Dolence
Good value... an excellent choice for libraries that would like to add a North American atlas to their circulating collection... Summing Up: Recommended. All levels.
Resource Links - Victoria Pennell
This volume would make a good addition to reference collections in junior and senior high schools and in public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594200628
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/14/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 14.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Firefly Books Ltd., established in 1977, is one of Canada's leading book publishers and distributors of quality non-fiction and children's books. Their goal is to bring readers beautifully produced books written by experts. Most of their books are tightly focused and contain full color photographs and illustrations throughout. With particular strengths in cookbooks, gardening, astronomy, health, natural history, pictorial books, reference books (especially for children) and sports, Firefly Books provides readers with a wealth of information.

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