I’ve always been a fan of DK books, but now more than ever. First it was the Where on Earth Atlas. And now Geography of the World.
Let’s put it this way. I picked it up at the library, flipped through it quickly, and immediately ordered it online for myself! I know I’m going to get a lot of mileage out of this book! So let’s dive in…
First, it’s more advanced than Where on Earth. The description for Geography of the World suggests Grades 5-12. If you’ve ever seen other DK books (or Usborne or Eyewitness), you know how they have quite a few photos/illustrations on one themed page, with descriptions for each. That’s how this is. So kids younger than 5th would like it if they are good readers and like that kind of detail.
Continents & Countries
The big draw for me is that it does what we do here at Let’s Go Geography: it goes continent by continent, country by country around the world. My heart is happy. 🙂
Pages 20 to 269 are all pages of individual countries, with continent overviews in there, too. And a few pages on the oceans. Canada and the USA are broken down into regions, so they have several pages each.
A shaded Fact Box in the corner gives the typical country facts: capital, language, population, religions, etc. The rest of the page gives the “highlight reel” of the country. Things the country is known for, things that stand out, things you probably should know, etc.
So a big thumbs-up for Geography of the World! Unfortunately, at the time of this writing there are no inside pages to review at Amazon. So if you’re still undecided, do what I did and check it out at your local library first.
I sense another Give-Away in the works…
UPDATE: Read our Geography of the World Book Review, Part 2 for more information and answers to a common question!!
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