What About... People & Places?

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This superbly illustrated Question & Answer book answers more than 70 questions to help you understand key subject areas.

Discover which city is the world's most populated, where the Masai people live, how the Caribbean Sea got its name, plus many more exciting facts.

Test your friends and impress them with your knowledge using the challenging quiz pages, and learn exciting new facts in the easy-to-use ...

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Overview

This superbly illustrated Question & Answer book answers more than 70 questions to help you understand key subject areas.

Discover which city is the world's most populated, where the Masai people live, how the Caribbean Sea got its name, plus many more exciting facts.

Test your friends and impress them with your knowledge using the challenging quiz pages, and learn exciting new facts in the easy-to-use fact panels.

Informative maps, illustrations and photographs create a visual factfinder packed with essential information on the people and places that shape our world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
This reference book is part of the "What About" science series. Its ambitious goal is to provide young readers with information about the peoples of the world and the places where they live. The first part of the book provides various facts about the world. There are short chapters (two to four pages each) on the world in general, Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Oceania, and Antarctica. The last part of the book provides information on various types of governments, religions, languages, and cultures. There is a quiz and an index at the back of the book. While the index is good, the usefulness of the quiz is questionable, since this is not the sort of book that one would study. Unfortunately, the choice of which facts to present appears rather random. In addition, those facts are displayed on pages that, although colorful, are also cluttered. There are some proofreading errors ("U..S." on page thirty-one, for example) as well as some debatable pronouncements (the statement on page thirty that "Every society needs a structure to make laws, defend its citizens, fix taxes, and spend money for the good of all." seems more like a discussion point than a scientific fact). Probably the most serious shortcoming of this book is that it tries to do too much, with very little context or narrative thread. There are some interesting facts here, but children (or their parents) who are using the Internet will probably be able to find the information just as easily elsewhere. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422215630
  • Publisher: Mason Crest
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Series: What About... Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 11.96 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

The World 8

Where are Asia's high and low points?

Where is the world's largest desert?

Which is the most densely populated continent?

Where is the world's largest rainforest?

Where is the world's longest coral reef?

Where is the world's coldest place?

Which continent experiences extreme weather conditions?

Asia 10

Which country is also a subcontinent?

Where is Hanoi?

What is a zen garden?

Where do Sinhalese people live?

Asia 12

Why does Asia have some of the world's richest countries?

Where is the Forbidden City?

Why is Korea divided into North and South?

Which is the only city situated on two continents?

Who founded Singapore?

Africa 14

Which is Africa's largest city?

Which are Africa's most valuable minerals?

Which is the highest mountain in Africa?

How much of Africa is desert?

What is "the smoke that thunders"?

Africa 16

Who are the Zulus?

Where do the Masai people live?

What causes famine in some parts of Africa?

Why are Africa's game parks so important?

Which African leader fought for an end to apartheid?

Where is Timbuktu?

Europe 18

Where does Europe end?

Where is Scandinavia?

Where do people walk on land that was once sea?

Which is the biggest country in Europe?

How many countries make up the British Isles?

Europe 20

In which city is the Kremlin?

Where is the Rock of Gibraltar?

Which is Europe's smallest country?

How did the European Union begin?

Which European city was once the heart of the Roman Empire?

North America 22

Which is North America's largest country?

Why is the USA called the land of the skyscraper?

Where is Monument Valley?

Where are four presidents cut into stone?

Whereare the Niagara Falls?

North America 24

Who were the Aztec and Maya?

Who were the first Americans?

How did the Caribbean Sea get its name?

How did Greenland get its name?

Where is the Panama Canal?

South America 26

What is Latin America?

What is Argentina's biggest city?

Why do people visit Machu Picchu?

Where do most South Americans live?

Where can you see Sugar Loaf Mountain?

Oceania and Antarctica 28

Which country is the biggest wool producer?

What is it like in Antarctica?

Where is Polynesia?

What is Ayers Rock?

Where do people called kiwis live?

Government 30

What is the difference between a republic and a monarchy?

What is a dictatorship?

Which is the world's biggest communist country?

Why do people vote?

What does a prime minister do?

Religion 32

Where did Christianity begin?

Why do pilgrims travel to Mecca?

Which was the first religion to teach about one God?

What is Angkor Wat?

Who was the Buddha?

Languages and Customs 34

How can customs change?

Which is the most spoken language?

When did people first write down words?

Do customs vary across the world?

Where is tea drinking a polite ceremony?

Are languages related?

Quiz Time 36

Index 38

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