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Nick Crane is a cartographer, explorer, writer and well-loved television presenter. As a child, Nick explored the Norfolk countryside armed with a bicycle and a map; ever since, he has been journeying the world. In 1992-3, he walked 10,000 kilometers across Europe, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. He lives with his family in London. David Dean is a full-time illustrator who travels the world from the comfort of his own studio. He paints in a room surrounded by books from many different cultures, which inspire his exotic and colourful work. In his spare time, David enjoys walking and taking photographs of the countryside near his house in Cheshire.
This fresh and informative atlas offers engaging, fact-filled overviews of Earth's oceans and continents. Mini-books, flaps, and sidebars address topics ranging from "People and Places" to "Transport." Dean's maps are crowded with warmly illustrated people, animals, places, and objects that represent particular areas of the world-Ukraine is distinguished by a Cossack dancer and ornately decorated pysanka, and a ring-tailed lemur appears in Madagascar. With its emphasis on sustainability, interconnectedness, and diversity, the book offers young armchair travelers and globe-trotters much to discover. Includes a removable world map. An app is also available. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Gr 3-5-This colorful volume provides solid content on Antarctica; Oceania; Southeast Asia; East Asia; North and Central Asia; South Asia; Southwest Asia (aka the Middle East); Europe; North Africa; Southern Africa; North America; Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean; South America; and the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern Oceans. Topics discussed include physical features, climate and weather, land use and natural resources, environment, marine life, wildlife, people and places, and transport. "Did You Know?" sections include four to eight fun facts about each region. Acrylic illustrations are plentiful, and students will enjoy looking at the details, although there are only country delineations, e.g., North America shows Canada and the United States but not the provinces or states. An index of countries and capitals is appended. Children who like geography will find this to be an interesting read, but will need to look elsewhere for more geographic details about each region.-Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.