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Oct 02 2019

Collins children's picture atlas by Collins Maps

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Illus. by Steve Evans. Collins/Times, 2019. 3rd ed. ISBN: 9780008320324. 48pp., hbk.
In all my years of teaching (nearly half a century!) either as a classroom-based teacher or a teacher librarian, it has never ceased to amaze me how little ones are fascinated by maps and atlases and they pore over them for hours, dreaming dreams and making plans for the future. I remember as a youngster spending endless hours with an atlas mapping out a route around the world that would take me to every capital city, and surprisingly (not) that atlas is now among my treasured possessions inherited from my wanderlust mum, along with an amazing dictionary that got just as much attention!
So there is no doubt that this new atlas for young children will have the same sort of fascination for your young readers.
Designed to take children on a journey of discovery around the countries of the world, it begins with intriguing endpapers of the world's wildlife and then plots a contents journey around the continents that is perfect for its target audience. Funky, colourful illustrations depict a range of themes of the iconic features of countries, building up a hankering to see these in real life when they are older. Minimal text provides basic information and there are the usual non fiction features like an index to help them navigate their way through the book as well as around the world.
Guaranteed to provide hours of engagement and entertainment!
Barbara Braxton

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