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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall A Nice Geography Book 31 Dec. 2010
By Sandra Huffines - Published on Amazon.com
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I homeschool my 4 year old son, and we have used this book for part of his geography lessons. It has a systematic approach starting with what a map is, and then delves into the continents, landforms etc. The great thing about this book is the lessons are short, with enough information that is not overwhelming. I bring the book to life in other ways. For ex. when we were doing the sherpas in Nepal, and the Himalaya mountains, we viewed, using youtube, the culture of these ppl, so my son has a mental picture of what a sherpa looks like. I even found on a doodle paper later where he had drawn Nepal's flag (very unique shaped flag). We watched an airplane flying over the Himalayas so he could see how vast and large the range is. I recommend having a world map handy, so your student can locate everything in the big picture. The book does a great job of having many maps at the end to also view in greater detail. This has been one of our favorites. The pages do not have color, but we have enjoyed using colored pencils to color the items in on the page. There is also a CD at the end which I have not even used yet, so I cannot comment on it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good option 15 May 2014
By Kat - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good homeschool or classroom option for an elementary Geography class. It covers the standards in a systematic way by breaking the book down into a chapter for each and defining the standard for the kids. The topics jump all over the place which I truly appreciate as most geography curriculums are too U.S-centric for my preferences. For example, in the Standard 4: Places and Regions chapter the topics are the islands of Greenland and New Guinea, an overview of basic landforms, Mount Everest, the Andes, generic valleys, Vietnamese flooding & stilt houses, and Qatar. Random? Yes. But they all come together to describe the major landforms. This is fun for my child whose other lessons are very linear; it may be irritating for someone who prefers a flow from topic to topic.

I don't give it 5 stars because there is more reading than I would prefer on each page. I would like to see more "to do" work than reading. Quite a few pages have 3-4 paragraphs of information for students to read followed by a simple task like coloring a single country and tracing a word at the bottom. Would have liked fill in the blank instead of multiple choice questions. Would have loved to see more of Standard 1: The world in Spatial Terms as this is more hands-on raw geography like map making, keys, compass roses, etc.. I understand they can only cram in so much for each standard and I hope this is expanded upon in subsequent grade levels.

A few actual complaints. Some pages have entire paragraphs about one place, but the graphic and questions are about a different place with a similar topic. For example, one page's two paragraphs of reading is dedicated to people in Nepal growing rice in valleys while they grow potatoes in the mountains. Well, the final two sentences say, "Far away, other people live in high mountains. The mountains are called the Andes." Then the questions, coloring, and tracing (all the activities) are all about the Andes. Why bother with all the Nepal info if the activities are about the Andes. It was just odd, and I was concerned that a student would be reading about Nepal but get a visual mental picture of the South American map from the page and connect the two. There are a few other pages with the same issue. There are a couple misspellings, as well. Moldova is labeled Moldava on the Europe map. There are vocabulary pages at the end of the book for each chapter; would have liked them at the end of the chapter instead.

There are also some country-labeled continent maps at the end of the book. They are quite shaded, though, and tough to color so I'm not sure the vision with these. I still supplement by having my student color each country differently, but it would've been easier with a white map. Including unlabeled copies of these would also have been nice so we could do some additional map work.

Overall, however, its a good option. As with anything you cannot expect perfection. I absolutely love love love that it includes topics from around the world. I cannot say enough praise for that, and how hard it is to find. I also really appreciate the whole-geography approach. Finally, the CD is indispensable as you can print off as many pages as you may need.

We will continue using this and subsequent books as our geography core in our homeschool. Note that we also do a lot of mapping in our history lessons and daily life during camping/hiking.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the geography series! 20 Oct. 2011
By Russell Person - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great series by grade for your child. He or she will be able to tell you, if you are there yet!!! Geography is often overlooked as a subject today. It is worthwhile and adds to your child's understanding of the world.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 July 2016
By Sherry - Published on Amazon.com
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Perfect!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Sept. 2014
By Treneem219 - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book!
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