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Best alternative geography book published
on 18 April 2010
This book is not for the faint-hearted. It is full of challenging missions that will test all previously held assumptions about geography and take you into unexplored territory, possibly in your mind, rather than in your local neighbourhood.
I thought the book was very witty, well-written and full of original ideas to get children over 10 yrs of age out exploring. My own 13 yr old son thought some of the missions were very challenging and better for teenagers older than himself. He sat on the sofa chuckling away for a full half an hour reading the book. He's not especially keen on reading, so that says a lot about the layout and attractiveness of the book. It's pocket-sized and handy for taking out and about.
If you are a teacher looking for activities that dovetail nicely into your Geography curriculum, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for some doorstep ideas to liven up looking at maps and getting children to take an active interest in what's happening in the world around them, then this is a good book to buy. Some of the suggestions may even make your homework list.This book would definitely suit home-educated children.
What I also liked was the opportunity is to preview quite a bit of the book on the Mission Explore website and on their YouTube video. So I knew what I was buying. My favourite missions are:
- Seeing how far I can walk whilst sucking a mint.
- Getting some OAPs to hang out in hoodies on the street
- Leaving a chair in a park and watching to see what people do.