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Earthsearch: A Kids' Geography Museum in a Book - John Cassidy

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: John Cassidy / Edition: illustrated edition / Spiral-bound / Reading Level: Ages 9-12 / 110 Pages / Book is published 1995-09-14 by Klutz Press Inc

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      15.06.2010 12:50
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      Fascinating book gives real understanding to geography concepts through play.

      Ages: 7+

      This is a unique geography book. It doesn't feature mountain ranges, capitol cities, or even the names of countries generally (just as well as many would likely have changed). In fact even calling a geography book seemed a bit of a stretch, at least judging by what i learned in school to be geography, so I googled the word. Geography is the study of the earth, inhabitants etc... so it is actually accurate. And it is ever so much more fun then what we learned in school!

      This book starts with a story about the squashed coke can used to make its cover. It goes on to cover recycling, waste, population growth, the constellations, spread of bacteria, earthquakes, volcanoes and so much more. The book is described as a kid's Geography Museum in a book and I think that pretty well fits.

      One of the more interesting bits describes how contour maps work, you can even make your own with your fist. There is also a nice group activity on the worlds distribution of wealth using m&m's and a spinner to determine which particpants get to be born in a wealthy country and thus share the big pile. Of course the chapter on the cycle of air and water is a little less appealing. I'd prefer not to think that the water in my cup of tea was not once dog wee as illustrated. The book also includes eaight foriegn coins and could make a nice starting point to save more.

      The one complaint I would have with the book is that it assumes the reader lives in the USA, so there is a section on the "Dirt We Call Home", which of course refers to America, but it's easy enough explained as the bit of dirt the authors call home.

      Klutz produce a very wide range books, all based on activities and learning through play. they have long been favourites among Home educators and teachers but are great for any child who wants to know how and why things work. They also have a huge selection of artistic and creative books. Highly reccomended.

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