National Geographic Bee Ultimate Fact Book:Countries A to Z


In this easy-to-use fact book, kids will find all the facts they need to know to be a geography expert. Created by a National Geographic Bee winner, this is the perfect tool for kids to use to help them prepare for a competition, study for a test, or fill their hunger for learning facts and figures about the countries of the world. This book is also the perfect companion to the National Geographic Bee Official Study Guide. The National Geographic Ultimate Fact Book provides the building blocks to geographic ...

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In this easy-to-use fact book, kids will find all the facts they need to know to be a geography expert. Created by a National Geographic Bee winner, this is the perfect tool for kids to use to help them prepare for a competition, study for a test, or fill their hunger for learning facts and figures about the countries of the world. This book is also the perfect companion to the National Geographic Bee Official Study Guide. The National Geographic Ultimate Fact Book provides the building blocks to geographic knowledge and will change the way kids look at the world.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Nancy Wallace
Written by the 2004 winner of the National Geographic Bee, a geography competition for fourth through eighth grade students, this compact edition provides statistical information for the world's 195 countries at a glance. The book starts off with a world map and full-page continental maps. Individual entries for countries are listed alphabetically. A two-page spread at the end highlights "Geographic Extremes," presenting such interesting facts as the largest desert is Africa's Sahara Desert and the tallest waterfall is Angel Falls in Venezuela. A glossary explains terms that may be unfamiliar to students, such as "mistral: a violent wind blowing south to the Mediterranean coast of France . . . that can last for a hundred days each year." Each country entry includes a map with longitude and latitude and basic facts: continent, size, population, and capital. Additional information follows, divided into three categories: physical, political, and environmental/economic. The physical section encompasses highest and lowest points, major lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and dams. The political section places each country according to its neighbors, racial/ethnic groups, religions, languages, currency, and current ruler. Lastly, the environmental/economic section lists major exports and agricultural products, climate, and natural hazards. Once a student knows the basic outline of each entry, it is easy to quickly find vital statistics. The data has been chosen and displayed in the most convenient format to study for the National Geographic Bee, in which over five million students participate, but it also serves as an excellent reference for all kinds of geographic questions. Reviewer: Nancy Wallace
Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
There are extensive facts and maps about the world's 195 countries in this compilation of geographic information. The text contains a note from the author; "Things You Need to Know;" and world and continent maps. In "Things You Need to Know" the author explains how he compiled this information to study for the National Geographic Bee. He notes the maps were created by cartographers at National Geographic as part of the Xpeditions Atlas. As indicated by the title the countries are listed alphabetically which eliminates the need for an index. The Geographic Extremes section lists: largest and smallest areas; largest, smallest, densest and least dense populations; highest and lowest points; largest grassland, plateau, rain forest, swamp, and desert; largest lakes and longest rivers in respective areas; largest river discharge; tallest waterfall; largest dam; and largest island. A glossary defines relevant geographic terms. The bibliography provides resources for additional research. About the author notes Andrew Wojtanik was the 2004 National Geographic Bee champion. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up—Consider this world tour of trivia a ready-reference tour de force. Wojtanik, 2004 Winner of the National Geography Bee, provides one-stop shopping for those assembling geographic facts for reports, term papers, and projects. Plus, herein lies the luxury of satisfying curiosity about, say, the tallest waterfall (Angel Falls, Venezuela) or figuring out which countries are now part of Eastern Europe versus Asia without Googling. In what is essentially a published version of Wojtanik's self-described "monstrous packet" of study notes, information about the world's 195 independent countries is subdivided using three main headings-"Physical," "Political," and "Environmental/Economic." All the fast facts are here, beginning with official country name, continent, area, population, population density, and capital. A black-and-white map of each country notes major cities, adjacent countries, and coordinates to provide visual context for researchers. "World and Continent Maps" opens the book and a page of "Geographic Extremes" supplies a neat conclusion. In addition to physical features and major exports and imports, the dates of independence, administrative divisions (e.g., states), current leader, and type of currency will keep readers informed on the basics of current world politics. Librarians won't regret this purchase.—Christina Connolly, Clark University, Worcester, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426309472
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 115,216
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Wojtanik was the 2004 winner of the National Geographic Bee and the 2005 winner of the National Geographic World Championship. He is currently a student Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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Country name: Republic of Ecuador
Continent: South America
Area: 109,483 sq mi / 283,560 sq km
Population: 14,666,000
Population Density: 134 people per sq mi / 52 people per sq km (most dense in South America)
Capital: Quito
Highest Point: Chimborazo 20,561 ft / 6,267 m
Lowest Point: Pacific Ocean 0 ft / 0 m (sea level)
Mountain ranges:
            •cover much of Ecuador
            •extend into Colombia and Peru
Peaks (minimum elevation of 8,000 ft / 2,400 m):
            •located in the Andes
            •highest point in Ecuador
Rain Forests:
            •located in eastern Ecuador
            •extends into Colombia and Peru
            •largest rain forest in the world
            •forms most of the western coast of Ecuador Gulfs:
            Gulf of Guayaquil:
            •forms the southwestern coast of Ecuador
            •has its source in the Andes
            •extends into Peru Putumayo:
            •forms part of the Ecuador-Colombia border
            •extends into Colombia
Independence: May 24, 1822 (from Spain)
Bordering Countries: Peru, Colombia (2)
Administrative Divisions: Azuay, Bolivar, Canar, Carchi, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi,
El Oro, Esmeraldas, Galapagos, Guayas, Imbabura, Loja, Los Rios, Manabi, Morona Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Pichincha, Santa Elena, Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, Sucumbios, Tungurahua, Zamora-Chinchipe (24 provinces)
Ethnic/Racial Groups: mestizo, Amerindian, black
Religion: Christianity (Roman Catholic)
Languages: Spanish, Quechua
Currency: U.S. dollar
Current President: Rafael Correa Delgado
Cities (capital, largest, or with at least a million people):
            •located in western Ecuador
            •city in the Guayas province of Ecuador
            •most populated city in Ecuador (2,690,000 people)
            •chief port on the Gulf of Guayaquil
            •located in northern Ecuador
            •city in the Pichincha province of Ecuador
            •capital of Ecuador (1,801,000 people)
            •located in a valley in the Andes
Climate: tropical along the coasts and in the rain forest; cooler in the highlands
Natural Resources: petroleum, fish, timber, hydropower
Agricultural Products: bananas, coffee, cacao, rice, cattle major exports: petroleum, bananas, shrimp, coffee, cacao
Natural Hazards: earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, floods, droughts
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