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Our World: A First Book of Geography

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A read-aloud introduction to geography for young children that, when opened and folded back, creates a freestanding globe

Children are invited to identify and experience the Earth's amazing geography through rhyming verse and lush illustrations: from rivers, lakes, and oceans deep, to valleys, hills, and mountains steep. Secondary text offers more detailed, curriculum-focus
Board Book, 26 pages
Published July 15th 2020 by Phaidon Press
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The shape of this book catches the eye immediately. The top two-thirds of the book is shaped like a globe with the bottom third looking like a stand. When you open it up it looks and feels as if you are holding a globe. That makes for a fun touch for a book that introduces young readers/listeners to basic geography about the world. The two types of print make the book appropriate to share with preschoolers as well as older readers. The large type presents shorter phrases introducing the differen ...more
Carol Baldwin
Our World is not only a beautifully written and illustrated board book about our world but when folded back it becomes a freestanding globe with a magnetic closure. Excuse the pun, but this is an out-of-this-world concept. The illustrator, Lisk Feng, did an outstanding job of bringing Sue Gallion's words to life.

Our World begins with,

Many places to explore,
From mountain peaks to ocean floor.
Look around you, step outside . . .
Find forests tall
And grasslands wide.

The poem continues by mentioning
Vivian Kirkfield
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a unique book! Shaped like the globe, your child will be able to open it and fan out the pages to form a globe. The info is super interesting - and the fabulous illustrations make it engaging even for the very little ones.
Beth Anderson
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful board book shaped like a globe will stand out for kids. The simple rhyming text introduces biomes, landforms, weather, and even expands into space. Sidebars prompt readers to linger and explore and think about where you live. The basic concepts extend with the potential for multiple ages gathered round for the reading.
Brenda Kahn
The tactile element adds a bit of fun to this terrific impressionistic introduction to the geographic regions that make up planet Earth. Review and Author Q&A coming to the blog next week!
Tina Cho
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gallion's nonfiction book about our earth has two layers of text: snappy, rhyming text for the youngest readers and more detailed sidebars for the oldest. Teachers will like the simple illustrations for young kids showing differences for river, lake, & ocean. Different biomes of the world are showcased. Note: 1 line of evolution. This is a creative book to teach children geography! ...more
Keila Dawson
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Young children are introduced to the world's geography through this novelty board book written in rhyming verse. Secondary text provides more detailed information. And when opened, the book takes the shape of a freestanding globe. How clever! ...more
Kirsti Call
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Many places to explore,
From mountain peaks to ocean floor.
Look around you, step outside . . ."

There's so much to love about this book! The novelty format is perfect for little hands. The rhyming text is paired with informational text for readers who want more depth. The shape of the book helps children better understand what a globe is. This book is both engaging and informative!
Kataneh Vahdani
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book about geography. The illustrations done by LISK FENG are stunning and it is a great book to read to your kids. You can explore all the beautiful places of planet earth and feel blessed that we live in such a breathtaking world.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kids can explore their planet with this fun interactive board book that folds out into the shape of a globe. The cover is magnetized to snap into place and hold together open as a globe. But it can also be read as a book.

The book is written mainly for 2-5 year-olds with a rhyming scheme that covers all parts of our word including the frozen tundra to forests to lakes and rivers to jungles. Then in smaller print, there is more information that parents or older kids can read and even use to help e
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You should never underestimate the power of those books conceived to be the first ones held in tiny hands. The best of them fascinate readers of all ages. Using less space and length than other titles, their words, art, and layout are designed with intention to convey specific concepts, often with humor, beauty, and cleverness.

These books caught my attention in 2020.

Our planet, Earth, is the only one we have. The more we know about her, the better able we are to take action to protect her and t
Heather Stigall
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is out of this world! From the concept to the rhyming text to the non-fiction information to the illustration, I am in love. Photos don't do it justice--you must hold this book in your hands yourself to really appreciate the beauty of this board book about our beautiful planet. Sue Lowell Gallion's story is told in perfect, rollicking rhyme for even the very young to enjoy, but also includes more in-depth information about Earth's geography that inquisitive children, care givers, and e ...more
Jenna Grodzicki
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This globe shaped board book is sure to be a hit with readers young and old. Simple, rhyming text introduces children to our world's various geographical features. Sidebars go into more depth for those readers who want more information. The gorgeous illustrations will help keep children engaged, as well. This is a must have! ...more
Maryann Macdonald
This book is an absolute knockout. There's nothing like it. The author and the illustrator have created the perfect introduction to geography for the youngest readers, with notes that can make the book (that turns into a globe) satisfying for older readers. Great for sharing with grandparents, too.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
What a wonderful introduction to geography! The writing is lovely -- it's a simple rhyming poem with deeper explanations offered too. I love the art and the way the book stands up like a globe. A great combination. ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beatrix, children
This was pretty cool. I love that you can read it in a couple different ways depending on the age of the child, and turning it into a free-standing globe was fun!
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Clear, concise & Gorgeous!
Love the globe
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This is such a clever book!
Lauren Kerstein
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-debuts
This is a beautifully illustrated, brilliantly worded introduction to geography for children.
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
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