BOARD BOOK NONFICTION : Our World: A First Book of Geography by Sue Lowell Gallion

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ABOUT THE BOOK

A read-aloud introduction to geography for young children that, when opened and folded back, creates a freestanding globe

Children are invited to identify and experience the Earth's amazing geography through rhyming verse and lush illustrations: from rivers, lakes, and oceans deep, to valleys, hills, and mountains steep. Secondary text offers more detailed, curriculum-focused facts and encourages readers to consider their own living environments, making the reading experience personal yet set within a global backdrop. This informative homage to Earth is sure to inspire readers to learn more about their planet – and to engage with the world around them.

REVIEW

The shape of this book catches the eye immediately.  The top two-thirds of the book is shaped like a globe with the bottom third looking like a stand.  When you open it up it looks and feels as if you are holding a globe.  That makes for a fun touch for a book that introduces young readers/listeners to basic geography about the world.  The two types of print make the book appropriate to share with preschoolers as well as older readers.  The large type presents shorter phrases introducing the different types of habitat and land features while briefly mentioning weather and continents.  The smaller text on the right hand pages presents additional information for those who are ready and interested.  The focus of the book though are the illustrations that highlight the globe shape of the book.  This novelty board book makes for a great way to introduce young children to the world and its habitats.  There is much to discuss and the book is fun to handle.

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