Learning About South America

9781467780216. ea vol: 40p. (Searchlight Books™—Do You Know the Continents?). ebook available. glossary. index. maps. photos. Lerner. 2015. lib. ed. $29.32.
Gr 3–5—From the striking full-color satellite cover images to the engaging text, informative maps, and high-quality illustrations, every aspect of these titles conveys the basic themes of geography to introduce the continents. Each volume opens with an interesting fact and locator map, followed by chapters about the continent's countries and cities, landforms, climate, and animals, natural resources, peoples and cultures, and economies. Coverage isn't comprehensive; rather, the authors use iconic examples, such as Carnival for South America, emperor penguins for Antarctica, and the pyramids for Africa. Topics are illustrated with large color photos, and there are at least five informative maps per book, a major strength. Captions provide information or ask comprehension or critical thinking questions.
VERDICT Solid choices for elementary collections.
This boilerplate series provides basic information about the continent it covers in serviceable but generic prose. Choppy presentation of facts about wildly different parts of North America mar this installment. Brief chapters provide information on countries and cities, climate, landforms, natural resources, people, cultures, and economics. Colorful stock photos, maps, and sidebars appear throughout. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.

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