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Geography of the World
     

Geography of the World

by Jayne Parsons
 
An ideal reference for both home and school, Geography of the World has been updated and expanded to include all the new countries and shifting borders in our diverse and ever-changing world. Much more than just an atlas, this essential geographical guide gives details about each country's physical geography, people, climate, culture, and landscape, as well as

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An ideal reference for both home and school, Geography of the World has been updated and expanded to include all the new countries and shifting borders in our diverse and ever-changing world. Much more than just an atlas, this essential geographical guide gives details about each country's physical geography, people, climate, culture, and landscape, as well as important sociopolitical statistics concerning literacy, life expectancy, and health care. Geography of the World presents the countries of the world in a factpacked book with fullcolor photographs, which will delight and educate young readers and their whole families!

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Publishers Weekly
Revised and updated, The DK Geography of the World: The Essential Family Guide to Geography and Culture, organized regionally, spans the continents. Beginning with a profile of an area, such as "Central and South America" or "Europe," the volume then presents the geography, people, climate and culture of individual countries. Maps provide the essential geography; full-color photos illustrate people and well-known places; diagrams offer views of important activities or environments. A concluding reference section profiles topics such as "Political Systems " and "World Religions." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Want to learn more about countries that revel in rain when we play with snow? DK Geography of the World provides fascinating facts on world cultures and their geographic locations. Senior editor Susan Peach and her team have amassed a handsome volume brimming with full-color photos and maps. Descriptions of each country include information on agriculture and industry, ethnic groups, everyday life, food, culture and recent history. Sections on natural disasters, world religions, world trade and political systems help young people better understand some of the ever-changing forces that shape cultures and boundaries. To banish winter blahs, families might dive into this guide for a refreshing glimpse of tropical places. 2003, Dorling Kindersley, Ages 8 up.
—Mary Quattlebaum
Children's Literature - Michael Chabin
Geography is a highly respected discipline in Europe. A degree in the field is considered an excellent background for foreign service or international business. Perhaps, because the United States is so large and has oceans on two boarders, Americans have relatively little interest in the subject. It is a rare adult who can locate even our closest allies on a map and rarer still is one who can guess the population of Japan or Chile or the gross domestic product of Denmark. DK Publishing addresses the issue, as is its habit, with lots of color pictures and bits of text scattered around the nearly 300 pages of this book. While there is an argument that children are more willing to read prose if it is presented in little pieces, there is a counter argument that such fractured presentations actually exacerbate the problem of short attention spans seen in American classrooms. Certainly a book composed essentially of pictures and captions cannot hope to help children have any sense of what the word culture means or why other cultures are worth knowing and even learning from. This book fails in another way as well. It is not current. It cannot be precisely because it is a book. For reference purposes, the CIA does a much better job of presenting this information and includes a fine collection of downloadable maps at their website. Understandably, librarians at my school are very skeptical of Internet-based research, but for some kinds of information, the Internet is the tool of choice and the subject matter of geography is composed of just such information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789485946
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
06/02/2003
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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