Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Maps and Geography by Ken Jennings


ABOUT THE BOOK

Discover the fun facts about the world and become a master of geography with this interactive trivia book from Jeopardy! champ and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings.

With this Junior Genius Guide to maps and geography, you’ll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with clever facts: Did you know that the biggest desert in the world is actually covered in snow? Or that Christopher Columbus wasn't the first to think that the Earth was round? With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time!


REVIEW

Having studied geography in college it's a subject that has long fascinated me and while I currently work as a school librarian I still have a special fondness for geography.  So when I saw this book I was intrigued. And I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.  Jennings has divided the book up into 'class periods' with each period focusing on a particular topic like maps or countries or cities or oceans.  He even included a 'music' class (national anthems).  Each section includes fascinating information about the physical and human worlds.  Some of the information is well-known but a lot of it is lesser known facts about people and places that most child readers will never have heard of.  With the exception of one misplaced word (on page 16, the word should be longitude instead of latitude) the book is factually correct as far as I know (and I know a bit about geography).  This is the type of book that could well light a fire of passion in the heart of a child for a particular subject.  I plan to order this book and the rest of the series for my school library. 

 

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