Children's LiteratureClear, inviting photographs that accompany a large typeface text and brief sentences create a welcoming format for newly independent readers. The first sentence, in the form of a question, brings the reader into the book as well. There is a photograph of earth from space, a map that identifies each continent, and then one picture per continent. A Tokyo street scene represents Asia, a photograph of the Sahara Desert represents Africa, a photograph of the rain forest in Peru represents South America. North America is represented by a street scene from Seattle, Washington. A sheep farm represents Australia, and Paris represents Europe. Penguins are shown in their natural habitat of Antarctica. Within the constraints of the small size and short text and thirty-pages of the "Rookie read-about geography" series it is difficult to do justice to such a broad topic. The book does manage to include the theory that at one time, all land mass was connected. It identifies some countries on a continent but not all of them. One fact is presented about each continent, such as "There are many tropical rain forests in South America." At the end of the book there is a section called "Words You Know" which includes seven small maps, each of which shows one of the continents with its name below. This is a very broad overview, but it is certainly appropriate for beginning readers and older students learning to read in English. 2005, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 6 to 8.