A friend once told me that a great place to learn about something is to start with children’s books. This non-fiction picture book illustrated by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar and written by Simon Adams is a GREAT place to learn about Earth, world culture, and geography. It’s jam-packed with information – from the solar system to weather to oceans to people to Earth’s structure and surface. Alternated between these more general topics are fold-out pages of each continent. Individual countries and their capitals are clearly labeled, and significant geographical features are mentioned in the margins. When the pages are unfolded, the four-page spread goes into more detail on the countries that make up the continent, providing facts on history, architecture, and culture.
Each page is fully illustrated and has several sections begging to be observed. At times there almost seems to be too much information for one read-through. It is, however, perfect for reading again and again. The sixth time through readers will surely see something they had missed before – even if it’s the clever quips the little Brainwaves have to say on each page that parents will love. The Most Fantastic Atlas of the Whole Wide World is more entertaining than the Eyewitness non-fiction books, and I highly recommend it!