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Maps

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by Aleksandra Mizielinska , Daniel Mizielinski (Authors, Illustrators)

Visual Treat!

Big Picture Press released “Maps” a “celebration of the world, from its immense mountains to its tiny insects – and everything in between”. And indeed what a visual delight this book turned out to be!  With 52 HIGHLY detailed and illustrated Maps, this book is a gem. It’s an atlas for the very curious child.

Here is what you will find inside!

This gigantic book (14.6 inches * 10.8 inches) opens to inside cover page “Contents”. The contents itself is a double spread illustrated map of the world. This page allows the reader to quickly jump to a map of the region or country of interest.

Maps Contents

Right after the title page, the book opens to a gorgeously illustrated double page spread of a world map showing the seven continents of the world, the five oceans of the world,a compass and a sample of few sea creatures that one would see at a 50,000 feet view of our world.

Maps Contents Detail Page

Following which comes the main contents of the book: the Maps! The maps in this book is organized by Continent, so the opening page for each “group” of countries is the map of the continent to which it/they belong to along with a few highlights such as : how many countries, overall population and the size in Km. and Miles.

Let’s take a quick glance at what the actual page of a country looks like. These are the real highlight of the book. Each country is a double page spread either in portrait or landscape mode. Each map has delightful details to be discovered. For example, this map of Iceland gives you a small info detail at the right hand corner. This includes, the capital, the language, population, area/size and the map.

Maps Iceland

Apart from the “statistical” facts that you find on the map, we delighted in finding details such as different kinds of flora and fauna that one finds in Iceland. We found cultural curiosities like who are some of the famous personalities from this region. What do people in Iceland traditionally dress like? What are the natural wonders that one would visit if we made a plan to travel to Iceland? What is the local food in this area? I could go on… but there is just TOO much to discover, to find, to learn and enjoy.

Maps Ghana

Maps closeup

The author/illustrators go above and beyond traditional cartography and show surrounding geography. In the case of the map of Iceland, we see the sea life in the oceans around Iceland.

Our only complaint would be that this is not a complete world map. The countries/maps highlighted in this book:

1) Europe: Poland, Czech Republic, Iceland, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Romania, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland

2) Asia:  Russia, Mongolia, China, Nepal, India, Thailand, Japan, Jordan

3) Africa: Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, Tanzania, Namibia, Madagascar

4) North America: Canada, United States of America, Mexico

5) South America: Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Chile

6) Australia and Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

7) The Arctic

8 ) Antarctica

The author/ illustrator duo make use of earth tones for the basic art layout giving this a genuine “old world” feel. Decorative borders adorn each page. Fine line drawings and cartoon like rendering of illustrations add to the charm of the book. We simply loved pouring over the book looking for small nuggets of information about various places that we had visited in the past.

In summary, this book is not just an educational tool, but a fun visual treat for anyone looking for learning about geography and cultures around our world. It was tempting to make a big list of places that one wants to visit and mark them off of this big book of Maps!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


36 comments

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  1. bargerj

    Love the table of contents, but agree that is a bit of a bummer that it is not a complete map. Thank you for sharing!

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    • reshamad

      Its a fun book.. a book I could have and keep for a long, long time Thanks for stopping by Jeff.
      -Reshama

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  2. Thanks for including some of the inside views. I’m not sure I would have picked it up just by looking at the cover, but now I’m intrigued.

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    • reshamad

      I am glad! I wish I could how more, that’s how excited I was with this book
      -Reshama

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  3. Wow, Reshama, I can see the kid who loves maps just absolutely going crazy for this book. I have a friend who used to study road maps as a kid, lol, he would have loved this. Thanks again for another awesome read at the Kid Lit Blog Hop

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Julie, I think this book is for everyone who loves not just maps but cultures too. There is so much to see and take in.. this book is very unique!
      -Reshama

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  4. This looks absolutely awesome! I’m definitely going to find this and gift it to all my little nephews – thanks!

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    • reshamad

      A real treat Bruce I dare say you’ll want a copy for yourself!
      -Reshama

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  5. We love this book – it’s a great one to have on the coffee table to dip in and out of.
    Hopping over from the kid lit blog hop

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    • reshamad

      Its THE perfect coffee table book! thanks for stopping by Catherine.
      -Reshama

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  6. stanleyandkatrina

    Oh my goodness, this would be a complete hit in our house for my almanac loving daughter. You, seriously, find the best books and present them beautifully. Can’t wait to find this book. Thanks for the heads-up about not all countries being in the book. Way to go, super KidLitBlogHop Hostess. Have a great rest of the week, Cool Mom (for The Gang)

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for the kind words S&K I am SO glad you found this one.. I am sure the little one is going to eat it up.. My little one spreads out on the carpet every evening and pours over the things in the book .
      -Reshama

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  7. I used to love looking at maps when I was a kid and often include them in my reviews if I think they are relevant. My Kiddo didn’t get geography in school the way I did and you can see the difference. This looks like a good book for kids to start to learn about the who and where of the world through maps.

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    • reshamad

      I assure you its very unique Alex. I think this one is good enough to convert kids into getting interested in maps.. Unlike you, I never was into maps,but this one has my attention completely
      -Reshama

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  8. This is just the sort of book my kids would enjoy. It looks like a great way to introduce them to other countries and discuss some of the main characteristics of different areas and cultures.

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  9. Interesting for children and adults…..maps are so neglected!

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    • reshamad

      I agree, now that this one is around, I hope more people get creative about the way the make other “boring” subjects interesting! Thanks for stopping by Barbara.
      -Reshama

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  10. L. E. Mastilock

    My son would love this! Thanks for sharing on the Learn Through Play hop at Sandy Toes Creations

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Leah! I hope you get to give it a read!
      -Reshama

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  11. That looks like a neat book! We did an around the world study last year, and this would have gone nicely with it.

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    • reshamad

      Yes it would be a great book and there are so many extension ideas and possibilities here Thanks for sharing Shecki.
      -Reshama

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  12. Jenny

    I love how you incorporated the illustrations to emphasis the beauty of this book! Thanks for sharing Resh! Hopping over from the blog hop.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks Jenny, I believe the art is integral part of picture books and i love sharing the beautiful art work that the illustrators work so hard on. Thanks for stopping by Jenny!
      -Reshama

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  13. Maria

    What a fun book! I teach students who are a bit older but I can see how this book can be a great tool for elementary school teachers as well as parents!
    Maria

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    • reshamad

      Absolutely! I think it would be great for elementary kids classrooms when they talk about different parts of the country! THanks for visiting Maria!
      -Reshama

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  14. Leah

    This looks like a great book that my son would love in a few years! Thanks for linking it up at the Learn through play hop.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Leah! I am sure he is going to love it
      -Reshama

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  15. I am a complete and total sucker for maps! You had me at the title! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again this week!
    Tina

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  16. What a great book! My son is loving maps right now. We will have to track it down.

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    • reshamad

      I hope you get to take a look. its addictive
      -Reshama

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  17. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    You know, I think each “atlas-type” book brings something unique. Perhaps this one is for younger kids to give them a general idea of just how big and varied the world and its population are? Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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    • reshamad

      You said it Renee.. Beyond that, its also about understanding the world and its diverse cultures. Thanks for stopping by!
      -Reshama

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  18. Oh my this book sounds and looks wonderful! It is going on my list of gifts to give for upcoming birthdays – thanks for another great review!

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    • reshamad

      We put this one on our bday list too
      -Reshama

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