This captivating book from the series entitled "Our Amazing Continents" clearly demonstrates that North America really is amazing. Early on the reader gains an overview of sizes of all the earth's continents and discovers that North America is the third largest. The continent's north / south spread from the Arctic to the Caribbean and west / east stretch covering the Pacific to the Atlantic are detailed with pertinent facts. Breathtaking photos feature natural wonders such as an ice glacier and coral reef, plus various amphibians and mammals, and ethnically diverse people from the continent. Well-defined terms and explanations accompany the photos while imparting additional educational information. In their quest to research, young readers could utilize this book to find information about the continent's geography, flora and fauna, people, and weather. School and other libraries will benefit from the entire well-organized series. An excellent map page at the book's end enhances the layout. 2003, Millbrook Press,
Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Lavish illustrations do not compensate for the inconsistencies and inadequacies of content in this series. Each volume begins with the same textual description accompanying a continent-focused Earth photo and concludes with a map accompanied by the same text. The map key mixes terrain features (mountain, steppe) and climate attributes (mild, warm), which can confuse readers-young or old. Within each volume, there are inconsistencies in vocabulary level and the linkage of concepts, and inaccuracies. A headline reads: "Europe is the only continent that does not have any large hot deserts." This clearly ignores Antarctica, truly a continent "that does not have any large hot deserts." Some statements are pointless, such as the headline: "South America has many countries." Europe does not make the same claim, though it is a much smaller continent with more countries. The extensive photographs are not consistently linked to the text, and none of the books has pagination, a table of contents, or an index. Young readers would be better served by the "Continents in Close-Up" series (Raintree) and especially the "Continents" series (Heinemann Library).-Paul J. Bisnette, Silas Bronson Library, Waterbury, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.