Maps

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Travel the world without leaving your living room.

This book of maps is a visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations from the incomparable Mizielinskis. It features not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet.

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Overview

Travel the world without leaving your living room.

This book of maps is a visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations from the incomparable Mizielinskis. It features not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
First published in Poland in 2012, this oversize world atlas from the Mizielinskis is packed with details about (some of) the nations of the world, encapsulated in clear-line cartoons. The book is organized by continent, and each featured nation gets its own spread; since less than 50 countries are featured in total, there are noticeable gaps—the Caribbean is left out entirely, and Jordan and Egypt are the sole representatives of the Middle East. Still, the nations that do get covered are a delight to explore, as the Mizielinskis fill their maps with tiny labeled images of local wildlife, cuisine, activities, and notable citizens (Moomin author Tove Jansson appears on the Finland pages, and Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela help represent the Republic of South Africa). Compelling, if not comprehensive. Ages 7–10. (Oct.)
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[A] sumptuous illustrated children's atlas that combines chic, muted colors with witty and informative drawings on heavy matte paper that whispers under the fingers. ... The sort of book you can't help touching, "Maps" is as likely to engross adults as it is 7- to 10-year-olds. ... [I]t gives aesthetic pleasure all the way from the table of contents to the flags of the world at book's end.
—The Wall Street Journal

This handsome and fun-to-browse volume will inspire armchair travelers. ... The artwork’s muted earth tones, decorative borders, and fine-lined drawings are reminiscent of an antique rendering, while the numerous small cartoon illustrations add a light, contemporary touch. ... [W]insome renderings.
—School Library Journal

[A] nonfiction visual feast... [G]loriously portrays the world's profusion of creatures, mountains and man-made structures in chic, subdued shades of beige, mauve and eau de Nil.
—The Wall Street Journal

A visual extravaganza with fascinating trivia in pages as spacious and luxurious as a classic road atlas. It's an invitation to travel around the world one page at a time. ... "Maps" is a treat, with its richness of details catering to young readers in this electronic age who thrive on all kinds of visual stimuli. This book will also appeal to other members of the family. All will scour for details and trivia as obscure, fun and varied as where one might sandboard or see a yak.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers

Not exactly your library’s world atlas. These maps, illustrated in distinctive style by the authors, denote the culture and history of a place rather than its exact coordinates.
—Entertainment Weekly

[F]eatures playful line drawings of national and geographical attributes, including famous native folk (Freud, Kandinsky, Count Dracula). ... [A]n entertaining and informative choice for budding geographers or Eurail travelers-to-be.
—The New York Times Book Review

Children's Literature - Anne Pechnyo
This large-format picture book features giant maps of the different continents and some of the countries within them across each two-page spread. The book’s table of contents is incredibly creative: it features a flattened world map with the featured continents and countries highlighted and labeled with their names and corresponding page numbers. Maps is divided into sections by continent. Each section starts with a two-page map of the entire continent with its countries, country capitals, the continent’s location in the world, and some brief facts about the continent (the number of countries, the overall population, and the size in square kilometers and square miles) included. Following each continent spread are maps detailing some of the countries on the continent. Forty-two countries are included, most of which are located in Europe. Each map includes a scale for size reference, as well as black-lined cartoons depicting important people, sites, and facts from the mapped country. Alaska is included on the Canada map, which could be confusing for some learners. The maps of the Arctic and Antarctica follow the section on Australia and Oceania without an explanation that they are not countries within Australia. While it should not serve as one’s only atlas-like reference, this book is engaging and will mesmerize those interested in geography. Reviewer: Anne Pechnyo; Ages 3 up.
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 2–5—This handsome and fun-to-browse volume will inspire armchair travelers. The book is organized by continent, each represented by a double-page image and followed by maps of several highlighted countries (17 European nations; 8 Asian nations; 7 African nations; etc.). "North America" includes spreads on Canada, the U.S., and Mexico; "South America" features Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Chile. Spreads are also devoted to the Arctic and Antarctica. The artwork's muted earth tones, decorative borders, and fine-lined drawings are reminiscent of an antique rendering, while the numerous small cartoon illustrations add a light, contemporary touch. Each entry lists the capital, population, square mileage, language(s), and flag. Whether depicting an area as expansive as Russia or as small as Fiji, each outline map includes major cities, rivers, bodies of water, and mountains. A bounty of labeled images represents flora and fauna, important landmarks and locales, favorite foods and pastimes, historical figures and cultural icons, major industries, individuals in modern and traditional dress, and more. In fact, these winsome renderings often spill beyond the specified political borders, providing plenty to look at and perhaps inspiring further research. Although far from comprehensive, this oversize atlas is a delight to explore. Each country is presented with a dash of local flavor, and the wealth of natural, cultural, and historical details encourages children to appreciate wonders unique to a particular region and characteristics shared across the globe.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
A tourist atlas of sorts, in which maps of select countries are reduced to little more than natural and political borders to serve as backdrops for thousands of small images. Arranged by continent--with Europe's section first and by far the largest--the maps each fill an oversized spread. All are the same size, so that, without regard for scale, the illustrators allot Iceland and New Zealand the same space as, for instance, Antarctica and Russia (including Siberia). Every map teems with labeled, colored drawings of characteristic wildlife and local residents, renowned figures from history and legend, major cities and landforms, famous buildings, important industries, foods, foliage, works of art, musical instruments, and other place-linked sights and items. The images overflow into neighboring oceans and seas, where they share space with pictures of sea life, boats and water sports. Sidestepping the stereotypical tendencies common to older illustrated maps, here human figures sport modern dress as well as regional costume (with labels for most of the latter that note "traditional dress") and, often, specific tribal or cultural identifications. Flags and basic facts are tucked into the corners, but the intent here is plainly to present crazy-quilt impressions of each country's history and culture rather than systematic geophysical information. Not a complete world, but rewarding fare nonetheless for both young cartografiends and armchair travelers. (Informational picture book. 6-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763668969
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 11,347
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 14.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Aleksandra Mizielin´ ska and Daniel Mizielin´ ski graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, in 2007. In 2010 they were nominated for the Bologna Ragazzi Award and the IBBY Honor List.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2015

    Great map book with so much to look at.

    I gave this to my daughter who loves maps as an extra Christmas gift. She is going to pass it down to her daughter, a college student studying to be an elementary teacher. She said she has enjoyed mulling it over a little each morning with her cup of tea. A big hit!! Not just for kids.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    Wonderful atlas!

    I bought this for my 9-year-old nephew, and he loves finding out more and more about the countries. It's just beautiful, and perfect for opening the marvelous diversity of the world to a child.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2015

    Such a fun and fascinating read to find out more about the world

    Such a fun and fascinating read to find out more about the world. Packed with details on facts of some countries. Great graphics, thick paper, very well made. An excellent alternative to the conventional atlas. I am in my 30s and I find "Maps" is another great addition to my private collection.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

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    entertaining book for readers of all ages

    The book presents maps of many different countries from around the world. It is an informative book filled with fascinating facts and amazing illustrations. The reader will learn about the culture of each featured country and that maps aren't just only about places.

    The individual maps will also show the capital, major cities, native languages, population, area, landmarks, favorite food dishes, animals, famous residents and many more important traditions and historical facts. I enjoyed discovering and learning about interesting factual details about each county. My favorite country was Russia. It's the largest country in the world and also has the world's largest railroad line called The Trans-Siberian Railroad. The railroad line is 5,780 miles long and runs from the capital of Moscow to Vladivostok.

    I recommend this entertaining book for readers of all ages to explore and happily give MAPS a rating of five stars.

    Review by Cyrus S., age 8, Greater New York Mensa

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