Children's LiteratureThe faces and geographical features of Asia come alive for young children in this appealing book. Colorful photos detailing unusual animals, mountain peaks, tundra, lakes, and children's faces adorn each page. Coupled with a concise text, these photos draw children into the vast continent. The book provides young readers with basic visual images that serve as a foundation for additional learning about Asia. Readers explore coral reefs, volcanoes, deserts, mountain ranges, rivers and more. Mangrove swamps, named for trees that grow with their roots in water, sustain fish, birds, and other animals. The photos of amazing animals are bound to impress many readers; when discussing Asia's rainforests, a photo displays two Filipino children holding the tips of a flying fox's large outstretched wings. This animal is actually the world's biggest bat, with a 5-foot wingspan. Bactrian camels, which live in the Gobi Desert, have two humps filled with fat. Flying geckos glide through the trees in Asia's rainforests. Simple maps anchor and enhance the text. This book, which is a title in the publisher's series on continents, welcomes children to Asia in a memorable way. 2003, The Millbrook Press, Ages 6 to 9.
Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.