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4.58  ·  Rating Details ·  799 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
Travel the world without leaving your living room.

Much more than an ordinary atlas, this book of maps is a visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations from the incomparable Mizielinskis. It features not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants,
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Big Picture Press (first published 2012)
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Kimberly Portugal doesn't even have a page in this book, so I'm not sure what you're referring to. All of the illustrations on a given page spread pertain to…morePortugal doesn't even have a page in this book, so I'm not sure what you're referring to. All of the illustrations on a given page spread pertain to just one country, regardless of where the illustrations are on the map. So the paella and flamenco are on the pages for Spain (p. 32-33), not Portugal.(less)
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Kulturozpyt Prumerny
Pěkná kniha. Místo Španělska bych radši Pyrenejský poloostrov (tedy i Portugalsko). Chybí mi Lucembursko, Pobaltí, Jugoslávie. Přijde mi, že by mohl být atlas tlustší a obsahovat i menší země jako součást regionů. Rozhodně ale pěkná kniha, ke které se budu vracet i v budoucnosti. Rozhodně lepší než pouhý atlas.
Zuzana Malá
Oct 10, 2016 Zuzana Malá rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vypujckazprace
Naprosto úžasné! Moje geografické srdce plesá <3
Feb 17, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
This map book is a "visual feast" indeed - and although I am a grown person and was asked somewhat incredulously why I'd be buying such a book for myself (um, because I love maps and this book is delightful?), I would be very eager to share with any friends' kids who come to my home.

The 52 maps that ARE included easily draw you in and stimulate curiosity and imagination. The only bummer is that such a small fraction of the globe is covered, and it's mostly the usual suspects that are highlighted
interno storie
Feb 25, 2016 interno storie rated it it was amazing
Mappe è un atlante bellissimo dalla patina retrò.
Si può definire anche come una sorta di pratica e mini enciclopedia di 42 paesi dei 6 continenti: cibi, usi, personaggi illustri, flora e fauna, oltre ad alcuni dati demografici, in un fiume di informazioni iconografiche che ne restituiscono i tratti salienti delle nazioni. Ci sono le notti artiche, le melodie di Mozart, le tazze di tè verde, le infinite Ande, gli ornamenti tribali, i morbidi fiori di cotone, il succulento kulebiak, le città pulsa
Mar 22, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing
I kept admiring this oversized book of illustrated maps every time I walked by it, so I finally checked it out. I just wish I knew a really nerdy 9-year-old to study it with :P
Apr 10, 2015 Kristine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-challenge
This book is a visual feast. An delightful 11yr old and I perused it together. It made us eager to travel.
Anita Fajita Pita
Aug 01, 2016 Anita Fajita Pita rated it it was amazing
I just wrote an awesome review from my phone and it didn't take... so here's a not-as-awesome review because I'm only inspired for so long:

This was an amazing book of maps. Even though I've finished going through it, I don't think I'll really be finished for quite some time. I've spent lots of time poring over the pages and images with the kiddos; aged 9 and 4. It's such a compilation. Geographical and cultural lessons in the guise of a picture book. The book begins with a map of the world and i
No soy una niña pequeña pero con este libro me siento como si lo fuera. ¡Ojalá los mapamundis de mi cole hubiesen sido como éste! Se puede quedar un poco en estereotipos pero en general es un libro chulísimo y bastante representativo de cada país.

En realidad no es un mapa del mundo, sólo muestra 55 países. Es una edición enorme en tapa dura, cada mapa ocupa dos páginas, la hoja es gruesa y de buena calidad.

With 52 detailed maps of countries such as Ecuador, New Zealand, Madagascar, and Iceland and continents such as Antarctica, readers will be delighted with all there is to explore. The mixed media illustrations feature geographic elements such as mountains and rivers as well as flora and fauna native to the areas. Readers will find that they can learn quite a lot about a country from these maps that have been created with mixed media. The book even contains interesting facts, places of note, and ...more
May 19, 2015 Marta rated it it was amazing
What a marvel! The amount of research, devotion and sheer, arduous work invested in this books is overwhelming, but the effect is splendid. The maps are a hefty enterprise that encapsulates the whole world, pointing out to individual country's specialities, traditions and characteristic features without making sweeping generalizations or verging on some ethical critiques. The big format also helps conveys a sense of scale. Great fun and great opportunity for a child to spend hours exploring the ...more
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There’s no real story within the covers of Maps, but then again, there is. Each spread is a beautiful full-color country map with drawings of animals, famous buildings, plant life, natural wonders, popular food, and other fun depictions of life in that country. There are also drawings of boys and girls in traditional and contemporary outfits. Look for Abasi and Neema in Tanzania, Francesca and Ricardo in Italy, and Ólafur and Aníta in Iceland. -- Karina Glaser

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Edward Sullivan
Jan 28, 2014 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
A handsome collection of intricate and playfully detailed maps of countries around the world, perfect for the young armchair traveler. An absolutely delightful, informative, entertaining, visual wonder that's ideal for hours of pleasurable and educational browsing.
Nov 08, 2013 Leslie rated it it was amazing
One of the most beautiful books I have. You could think of it as a book of intelligent doodles. Prettiest maps, lovely design, very educational. Wish it had all the countries of the world.

The world never fails to amaze me.
Apr 25, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-non-fiction, 2015
This is for a detailed minded person on a rainy afternoon. There are maps, but also wonderfully detailed drawings of the hundreds of reasons why the world is a great place.
Chock-ful of hours worth of knowledge. I love all of the books in this series. Would not be able to decide which one is the best. I want them all!
Oct 26, 2015 Peterk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
My 8yo got this (well, the Dutch version) over a year ago and still reads in it from time to time to discover new things. So I 'read' it too. Can't recommend this enough.
Mar 24, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it
I've never really thought about a title published for children being a great coffee table book but this is it. I could spend hours pouring over the details of the coolest atlas ever.
Mar 02, 2016 William rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
Wonderful drawings and amazing book.
Dec 30, 2013 Donalyn rated it really liked it
Elaborate maps illustrate 52 countries. Rich with geographic detail. A visual delight.
Oct 21, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-favorites
The whole family enjoyed this book that brought so many facts and information into great pictures. It did miss some of the countries that I would have liked to have included but perhaps there will be another one to capture those that are missed.
Ruth Sophia
May 25, 2015 Ruth Sophia rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Outstanding (despite minor quibbles)

There are a lot of pros to this children's picture book. The first is that all ages can enjoy and learn from it! Plants, animals, foods, activities, famous people and places all pictured on the maps of the countries. This is especially great for smaller countries as you are able to get a better sense of that particular place. On big countries like the USA & Russia you want a whole book dedicated to! The overview of the larger countries is nice, but natura
Sep 18, 2016 Aubrey rated it it was amazing
absolutely adorable. beautiful illustrations, makes a lovely coffee table/art book
Vera Godley
Oct 04, 2013 Vera Godley rated it really liked it
I recently featured an author's social studies intro set for young children, today we're going to look at another "social studies" book that is sure to please, inform, entertain, and delight. That book is....

There are 112 pages packed with images to help a young person catch a glimpse at the world that is out there for him to discover. Each country has the map actually drawn out and it is jam packed with small, even tiny, drawings of peoples, costumes, historical points and locations, animals, e
Mar 10, 2014 Jon rated it really liked it
My wife and I picked this book up at Wild Rumpus yesterday. I'm a sucker for maps, of course, and said that we should buy it for our 9 month old someday ;) Well my wife, being slightly geographically challenged, paged through it and said we're getting this today! It will be a nice way for her to brush up on geography too.

The maps in this book are hand drawn, beautifully, and full of cultural little tidbits on the featured countries. The continents are shown, with lots of animals surrounding them
Sep 11, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
What a beautiful book! If you're going to get an interesting book about maps you can pour over, this just might be the one. I'd say this book is a combination of cultural, political, and nature maps of various countries throughout the world. What impressed me about this book, besides the artwork, is that each country featured has the title of the country, the flag, the language spoken, its population, area size, and the country's name in the country's native language! That last one is something ...more
May 23, 2016 Eyterna rated it really liked it
Oops, didn't realise i haven't written a review even after i finished reading this. It was a great book to kickstart my very limited, worse-than-primary-school geography skills. There were all the pictures I had hoped for, along with the main cities of a country on every spread. Some words were a bit hard to read, but it was fun trying to turn an A3 sized book around on my lap. Though the information still seemed to flow right through me, i am glad i went through this book. Being a very visual p ...more
Ariel Caldwell
Jun 18, 2016 Ariel Caldwell rated it really liked it
I was shopping for a little something for the nephews in Hawaii, and picked this up. And put it back, because it's enormous and shipping it to Hawaii is not smart. And then I walked back and bought it - because it's the kind of book that curious young kids can pore over for hours, seeing something new every time. Countries of the world are portrayed through their map and drawings that illustrate the traditional foods, dress, and landmarks (and lots of sea life for coastal countries).

When I got
Apr 07, 2014 Maureen rated it really liked it
I wish I had this book as a kid! The content and color illustrations in this oversized book are amazing. While not every country is covered, the major ones are detailed in an informative and appealing format. These maps could be used to find particular details or a child could just browse through the book over and over to look at all the information available. The inside cover shows an overview of the world and details what pages students should look at for particular information. There is no in ...more
American Mensa
May 16, 2014 American Mensa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Review by Cyrus S., age 8, Greater New York Mensa

The book presents maps of many different countries from around the world. It is an informative book filled with fascinating facts and amazing illustrations. The reader will learn about the culture of each featured country and that maps aren't just only about places.

The individual maps will also show the capital, major cities, native languages, population, area, landmarks, favorite food dishes, animals, famous residents and many more important tr
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Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, in 2007. In 2010 they were nominated for the Bologna Ragazzi Award and the IBBY Honor List.
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