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4.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,578 ratings  ·  192 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 j…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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David Schaafsma
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like maps. They are all over my house, on the walls, and in books. Maps outlining trips taken. Thanks to my father’s commitment to travel I have been in all states except Hawaii and Alaska, Now we have googlemaps, and gps, so we don’t technically “need” to have paper maps, but I feel the same way about having kids know their way around physical maps as I do about the importance of their being able to master mathematical calculations when they could more easily use a calculator or computer: It ...more
Feb 17, 2014 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

Disclaimer : as a history and geography teacher, I was already pretty sold on this book.
However, it's 10 times better than the "good" I was expecting. It's beautiful and it's smart and I learned about some ruby-red cherries to top my slight stale masters-degree cake.
Gift it to your daughters, your sons, your nieces and and friends. To your open or uneducated family members. To all of you who like the world and whom the world likes.

5 planet-illuminating stars.

Morwenna Bastow
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent non-fiction book in which children can learn about the whole world. Filled with colourful and vibrant pictures, each page entails new facts about the countries of the world. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this particular book.
Mar 22, 2014 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
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy looking at Mizielinska's books. They are packed full of information and they are books that take a while to get through, and this book is no exception. A book of maps: maps that look historical in nature, maps that are full of facts and pictures to intrigue your mind. Some of the maps are placed horizontally and some are vertical, depending on the region. information on each page include: capital, languages, population, area, flag, animals and foods of the region, cities, and interesting ...more
Apr 10, 2015 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.
Evan Hays
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the geography book I always wished was around when I was a kid. And now it is, and I am so thankful that it was translated from Polish and made available. While it should probably still be classified as a children's book, this book is detailed enough to suffice for adults. In fact, if more adults knew even a fraction of what was in this book, we would have a much more knowledgeable world. When I read this with Jackson, and study the many details on each page, there are so many elements t ...more
Anita Fajita Pita
Nov 12, 2015 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
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
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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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May 18, 2015 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
Nov 08, 2013 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.
Edward Sullivan
Jan 28, 2014 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.
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Elaborate maps illustrate 52 countries. Rich with geographic detail. A visual delight.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
The art is not as engaging and beautiful as I thought it would be; therefore, I would not recommend for adults, but I can see a geography-loving child getting very into it.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. Enough said.
Feb 13, 2014 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.
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, j-non-fiction
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.
Oct 26, 2015 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 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
Wonderful drawings and amazing book.
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!
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Lovely but there's no Ireland map!
Sarah Stead
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: map lovers of all ages, people who enjoy traveling and experiencing other cultures
As a map fanatic, I savored this illustrated geographic and cultural compendium. This oversized coffee table book contains double-page spreads of each map – first of each continent, then of select countries within those continents. The continent maps are simple and only include the geographical borders and bodies of water, while each country’s page displays details about the country’s flag, capital city, languages spoken, population, and area.

In an effort to tie the cultural elements to the geog
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This lavishly illustrated book of 52 maps and includes not only geographical features and political borders, but also places of interest, iconic personalities, native animals and plants, local peoples, cultural evens and many more fascinating facts associated with each region. Maps is a visual treat, a real feast for the eyes and can be enjoyed by everyone from 8-108!

As someone who adores travel and learning about new places, Maps was the perfect book for me (a Christmas present from my girlfrie
Rachel Herrington
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a very beautifully illustrated children's atlas. I bought this book during my study abroad semester in Greece, and I love it so much. It has every continent, and then some selected countries that have pictures and descriptions of unique things found in that country. Each country also has what their county's name is in that country's language, and even has names that are common in that country, and the population, and other interesting facts. I absolutely love this book and its illustrati ...more
This book is so cool. It was originally checked out back in the spring to help entertain S on a long road trip, but surprisingly it was L who ended up getting most interested in it and asking to check it out again a few months later. This isn't the most useful book if you really want to study a map of the country with all the major cities, roads, etc. Instead, these "maps" are really more about showing you the culture of each place. There is so much to look at and talk about on each page that we ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love maps.
'nuff said.

...maybe I should add more.
The drawing is pretty, and each page as a drawing related to each country it's on that page.
They might be a bit stereotyped images, but you can't really put every complicated aspect of a nation in a drawing, so I guess that's okay. As long as you (or your kids) don't simply assume that there are only sumo wrestlers and girls in kimonos in Japan...

The book itself is HUGE, so it'll have to be a coffee table book. Shame.

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I only opened this book and then closed it... I couldn't handle the shades of brown - virtually no colour at all - plus the extremely busy pages with tiny writing everywhere. Although it probably had lots of interesting information, the format made it feel overwhelming and sepia-ic (probably not a word). I'm surprised it got such high ratings in general. Maybe I'll try it again when my kids are older, but if it makes ME feel overwhelmed, I think it would be worse for them.
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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. ...more

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