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Monday, 27 October 2014

Review: Lonely Planet Kids Amazing World Atlas

What kind of books can you never have enough of? Well, all of them really ... but there are two kinds I almost actively collect--alphabet books and atlases. Adore adore adore.

And who better to come up with a fabulous kids' atlas than Lonely Planet?

This beautiful hard cover, large format book begins with a peek at Earth itself. where it lies in our cosmos and how it has come to support life. We even take a peek inside to see what our planet is made of.

We also learn all about the time zones around the world, the seasons and Greenwich Mean Time, climate and weather, oceans and seas, population, maps, topography, even political perspectives.

Each continent is then covered in more detail, just like a real 'adult' atlas, only everything is beautifully targeted at what interests kids the most. Beautifully-designed pages include photos, diagrams, illustrations, pop-out boxes and text, mini quizzes and facts, loads of imagery and questions to ponder. I love that many of the facts are also new to adults, and will have kids busting with information.

For example, did you know that Canadians eat more macaroni and cheese than anyone else in the world? Or that 98% of the world's crayfish are caught in Louisiana? Or that Ukraine is Europe's top producer of honey? Or that a whopping 86% of New Zealanders live in cities?

Sensational for schools but also great fun for kids wanting to explore the world--or even those about to do some hefty overseas travel.

Title: Lonely Planet Kids Amazing World Atlas
Publisher: Lonely Planet, $29.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 October 2014
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781743603895
For ages: 8 - 12
Type: Non-Fiction

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