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VOYAAGERANGE: Ages 11 to Adult.
The unique feature of this atlas is the interactive linking of content to the National Geographic Web site (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids-world-atlas). Students can listen or watch videos about a topic from the Web site by browsing or linking the page number. An introduction gives instructions for use of the atlas and the site. Another suggested Web site provides a satellite view of the student's house and other features of interest. The physical world section includes environmental hotspots and natural disasters as well as physical features. The political world section provides separate maps for food, water, economics, literacy, religion, and population. Much of the atlas explores each continent in depth with exceptional physical and political maps as well as photos. Economic symbols accompany the political maps. In particular, the continent of Africa is divided into several sections with excellent detail to give the student an intimate look at this continent. The flags and statistics for 193 independent countries are listed at the back of the book. Unfortunately the oceans do not include the newly defined Southern Ocean (2000). Libraries can pass on this one in favor of an updated atlas showing the important Southern Ocean. Reviewer: Marilyn Brien
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)