Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski
Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Here’s a spectacular atlas from Poland for middle-schoolers who want to explore their world. Each continent (including icy Antarctica) begins with a colorful two-page spread, followed by separate displays of its most important countries. That ends the comparison with any atlas you’ve seen before! Each huge spread covers not only the usual cities, rivers, and mountains, but offers spaces teeming with delightful drawings of animals and birds, people and products, trees and landmarks. Oceans contain intriguing islands and sea creatures. Take Peru, for example: kids can observe a great white shark and a Humboldt penguin in the waves, fly with a harpy eagle or a Peruvian booby, explore an equatorial rainforest (or Incan Machu Picchu). They can taste ceviche and shrimp soup, while listening to a player of the stringed charango. And that’s just a sample. Three final pages illustrate flags of the world. What a gift for a young explorer to treasure and keep forever!
2013, Ages 8 to 12
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.