This atlas is an excellent primer to help children develop an understanding of world geography and basic map reading skills. The "World Tour" begins with a brief explanation of "What is a map?" and a discussion about map symbols. The text is concise and informative. Full-color environmental maps are well illustrated and easy to interpret. In addition to illustrating significant landmarks, map symbols throughout the book show how people live, what they eat, the things they make, and what plants and animals are usually found there. The atlas covers the world, region by region, on two-page spreads. Each spread includes photos representing that part of the world. Front and back inside covers feature individually illustrated flags from 200 countries.