The body of this new atlas for upper elementary and middle school children consists of maps, charts, and other information about 150 countries, the continents, and oceans of the world. Arrangement is basically alphabetical, but some small countries are listed after larger countries with whom they are associated geographically, historically, etc., such as Monaco after France and Hong Kong after China. Other countries are treated in groups, such as "Russia and Its Neighbors" (most of the former USSR), Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, and the Baltic states. While there are entries for Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, the division of those countries is noted. Entries for oceans and continents appear in their regular alphabetical position along with countries, except that the headings for continents are in block letters
Each entry consists of a physical-political map, a contour map, a locator map, a block of statistical information, and a brief description and history. The country entries also have economic surveys (sometimes separate industrial surveys), charts showing age distribution, population trends, imports and exports, and climate. Large countries, such as Canada and the U.S., have more than one climate chart. Tables listing provinces, states, etc., are often included
The alphabetical portion is preceded by "How to Use the Maps" and maps on world climate, population, vegetation, world politics, and relief maps. The atlas concludes with a list of former and alternative country names and a detailed place-name index
Any recent encyclopedia will have more information than this work; however, school and public libraries needing an attractive, informative, and reasonably priced general atlas for circulation will want to consider purchasing "The Kingfisher Reference Atlas".