We are pleased to be participating in the Travel the World in Books Readathon taking place September 1 to 14, 2014 and hosted by Mom’s Small Victories, Lost in Books, and Savvy Working Gal.
The primary goals of the Travel the World in Books Readathon are to 1) Explore countries other than the one you live in; 2) Read as much as you can of books set in a different country or by an author from a different country; 3) Travel the world from the comfort of your own home and learn about different cultures; and, 4) Expand your horizons and show publishers that we need diverse books to promote cultural understanding and diversity in our reading. For more information about this event, please click on the graphic below.
As part of our contribution to this event, we are reviewing the book Children’s Activity Atlas: An interactive & fun way to explore your world. We are also pleased to give you the chance to win a hardcover copy of this book through the Travel the World in Books Readathon Giveaways. Read on for how to enter the giveaways to earn your chance to win this and many other books!
About the Book
Title: Children’s Activity Atlas: An interactive & fun way to explore your world | Author: Jenny Slater | Illustrators: Katrin Wiehle & Martin Sanders | Publication Date: August 5, 2014 | Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books | Pages: 31 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: Young explorers: grab your ticket to a world of fun! Featuring 12 fully illustrated maps, this atlas is jam-packed with information about the different continents and each region’s wildlife, food, architecture, and culture. The journey continues with more than 250 reusable stickers, eight perforated postcards, and a pocket-size passport with quizzes and cool facts. Curious kids will dream about their adventures to come.
My Thoughts: I was fortunate enough to be born in a household that was well stocked with two sets of encyclopedias, a monthly subscription to National Geographic and World (remember those?) magazines, Farmer’s Almanac, Guinness Book of World Records, Atlases, and much, much more. We were a family keenly interested in FACTS! I now love how my children also love reading these kinds of fact-filled books. The Children’s Activity Atlas is the latest book in our collection of non-fiction, educational titles. As with the previous books, this one was also well-received.
The Children’s Activity Atlas is jam-packed with information about our world, and includes maps of the continents, geographical facts, cultural snippets such as monuments, food, and favorite pasttimes, national flags, animals found in various regions, and so much more. This atlas is designed to be visual more so than informational. That is, there are many images of animals, monuments, food, and so on instead of text descriptions. The textual information is very succinct making this a great choice for younger children just beginning to show interest in their world.
What makes the Children’s Activity Atlas special are the three add-ons to the main book. First, there is a “passport” included in a special pocket located on the inside front cover. This passport serves as an interactive guide to reading the book and expands on the images found on the maps by providing additional information. What I really found great was that children are introducted to Map Reading 101 by having to mark a “grid reference” from the map into their passport. Brilliant!! Once a child is done exploring a continent, they can put a “sticker” showing they have completed their exploration of that continent.
The second add-on is a series of stickers found at the back of the book. There are three types of stickers: 1. The flags of each nation from around the world (yes, I do believe every last one is there!); 2. Animals, monuments, or other cultural aspects specific to a nation that children can paste in the right spot (the page reference is provided); and, 3. Stickers of completion for each continent to be used in conjunction with the passport. The flags alone should keep children busy for hours!
The third add-on is a series of “postcards” which can be detached and actually mailed out. Each postcard says “Greetings from…[Insert continent name]”. On the flipside, there is text with blanks where children are encouraged to look through the text to find and insert the missing information. And, there is room for an address and stamp. While, this is theoretically a good idea, I do have to comment that the space left for the blank is so tiny that young children will likely not be able to write in the answer in the space provided.
Overall, I think this is an EXCELLENT book for children and it certainly provides loads of entertainment and educational value. I do have a criticism however; and that is that the information presented is inconsistent. In the book itself, the contents are divided by 13 “regions”; for example, North America, Nortern Africa, Southern Europe, China and Eastern Asia, Oceania, etc. However, the passport is divided by continents rather than regions, but the sticker for the continent of Antarctica actually says “Arctic & Antarctica”. Plus, there are postcards from 6 of the 7 continents (although I understand it would have been difficult to have an uneven number). The result is that the information about the continents is somewhat confusing. I would have preferred that somewhere in the book itself (preferrably at the beginning), the seven continents were clearly identified.
My Bottom Line: The Children’s Activity Atlas contains a treasure-trove of beautifully-displayed information about our world. This educational book is filled with maps, cultural snippets, fast facts about 13 different regions as well as a passport, 100’s of stickers, and real postcards with greetings from six continents. I highly recommend this wonderful activity-filled and educational book to children ages 5 to 10 and their families.
* This book was provided to me by the publisher free-of-charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. *
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