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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Children's Atlas (giveaway)

You know I like Usborne Books, correct? I think that they are out-of-this-world fabulous and of the highest quality. It is a sincere pleasure for me to introduce you to a couple of children's atlases that you might find useful to use with your own kids.

Bookworm1 is big into animals and in the past few months he has also been asking some questions about maps and geography, seeing that mommy and daddy have been traveling. We've been looking at a map of the United States and identifying places like New York, Washington D.C., Texas and California. When I saw that Usborne Books & More had an Animal Picture Atlas, I knew it was something worth checking into!



This book is incredible. It "is all about animals and where they live." The first page spread contains an illustrated picture of the world, giving the young reader perspective. It focuses on the continents, primarily, and shows pictures of a variety of animals, pinpointing where on the globe you might find them. As you turn the page, the book begins to focus on each continent, beginning with North America. Where do musk ox live? Bighorn sheep? Prairie dogs? By looking at this layout of North America, you can find out whereabouts you might find any one of these animals. In the bottom left hand corner of the page, there is a smaller map of the world so that you can still see where North America is located in the grand scheme of things.

After going through each continent, towards the back of the book you can read information concerning specific species such as: monkeys and apes, big cats, bears, birds, polar animals, etc.

Animal Picture Atlas is illustrated by Linda Edwards and is, in every way, a delight. I think she offers the perfect amount of detail to each illustrated animal, while still keeping things cartoonish enough to draw a youngster in. We have poured over this book for hours. I love it because it entices Bookworm1 to explore maps and learn about different continents and countries by using his favorite subject matter at the moment - animals!

If you are looking for something for slightly older world explorers, you might want to check out the Usborne Children's Picture Atlas.



Using the same concept as The Animal Picture Atlas, illustrator Linda Edwards once again helps us explore the various continents and what we might find on them. Instead of limiting the subject matter to just animals, you can also find pictures of skiers, cowboys, paddle boats, cacti, chili peppers and snowmobiles gracing the map of North America. It is easy for children to see where certain activities take place and where certain produce is grown through the use of this book.

The Usborne Children's Picture Atlas starts by giving the reader a bigger picture of the globe though - by beginning with "The Universe." There is a page spread explaining what maps are and how they are used, as well as an explanation for the difference between countries and cities. It starts big picture and whittles its way down to our individual communities and how we transport ourselves around the globe. The book concludes with the Atlas and illustrations. This book is also a great resource!

The whole family was impressed by both of these books and I have no hesitations offering them up for your consideration. These are fabulous, fabulous books!

Therefore it is my great delight to inform you that Usborne Books & More as offered up a copy of each of the above titles to one Reading to Know Reader. How to enter the contest? Simply leave a comment below. This contest is open to U.S. Residents only and will be open through Thursday, September 9th.

Happy Exploring!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

51 comments:

Annette W. said...

I have always loved Usborne, especially when I was teaching. Now I love them as a parent.

For our family (esp M who always asks where is that?) I hope to win!

Annette W. said...

I blogged too!

Annette W. said...

I blogged #2.

Sara said...

Looks wonderful. My kids would love perusing this one. Thank you for the contests!

wiggins said...

I'm a map fanatic so I'd love to share these with my girls.

stephanie @ Simple Things said...

Very cool! My girls would love these. : )

Debby said...

Love to add to our little library!

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

We love Usborne books as well! My guy loves to check out the globe and compare places we visit to one another and an atlas would be perfect.

Jen @ Happy LIttle Homemaker said...

I love Usborne books!! I would love to explore these with my little one!

Krista said...

Sweet! This would be an awesome addition to our library! :)

Alison said...

I love Usborne books and this one looks great.

Bluerose said...

I would love to be entered. :)

bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

Bluerose said...

I blogged.

Bluerose said...

I blogged #2.

Krista said...

extra comment #1

Krista said...

extra comment #2

Mikaila said...

This looks like a fun book even for a parent! Jordan is very into animals as well and soaks up facts about them, whipping them out later and amazing me at what he remembers. :) What a great giveaway!

Catherine said...

We were just in the library looking for a good children's atlas this week and didn't turn up much. I would love to win these! And thank you for the reviews of them, so that if I don't win I can look for them!

Sharon said...

What a fun book!

Page Turner said...

These would be great resources for our homeschool library!

apple blossom said...

cool book. thanks for the chance to win.


ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Shonya said...

Awesome giveaway! I also really like Usborne--put me down for an entry, please! :)

Page Turner said...

I blogged about your birthday! (extra entry #1)

Page Turner said...

I blogged about your birthday! (extra entry #2)

Anonymous said...

I love Usborne books, my students would love this book.

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Kristie said...

My children would really enjoy looking through these books! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Infant Bibliophile said...

My son would LOVE these. He's really into geography.

Danelle said...

Usborne books have always been a favorite of mine for my kids. They seem to be the only ones that can hold their atttention over and over again.

These books also have so much information packed into them and the fact that we can use them year after year is a huge help.

danellejohns at gmail dot com

hspruitt said...

I love Usborne books and these look great! Thanks for the chance.

Sheri

hspruitt [at] juno [dot] com

Linda Kish said...

I love atlases. They are so wonderful for learning.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the contest. My copy is worn out and needs replacing! Line clariline98 at yahoo dot com

Lisa said...

I love Usborne books so much that I briefly sold them. We don't have these though. Please enter me.

Amanda said...

I love reading Usborne books with my kids.

amanda.corley@ymail.com

wmmahaney said...

I am crazy about any books that have to do with maps. I love maps! I know strange :-)
wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

Brenda said...

I would love to win a copy of the Children's Atlas!

dancealert at aol dot com

Mozi Esme said...

We're going through the globe this year, and I love the idea of doing it with animals! Love Usborne in general, too...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Serena said...

I LOVE Usborne books! They are simply wonderful!

Megan said...

We posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.

inspiredbyfiction[at]gmail[dot]com

Sara said...

This looks GREAT!! :)

Benita said...

I would love to win these for my classroom library.

Thanks for the possibility.


bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Inspired Kathy said...

Please enter me in your fabulous giveaway!

bkhabel AT gmail DOT com

Bakersdozen said...

I know that my kids would love these. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

we have a lot of usborne books but non of these. I would love to add them to our collection.
trishbazin(at)yahoo.com

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love Usborne, and would love to win this! Please enter me!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Amy B. said...

These books look amazing!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Amy B.
adennispac@yahoo.com

Brimful Curiosities said...

My kids know the animal's names but understanding where they live is another story. Sounds like a great book.

Anonymous said...

My son would love this, please enter me.

Wendy
ebeandebe at gmail dot com

Jessi E. said...

These atlases look amazing! I think my students would be really interested in them.

jlelliott08 AT gmail DOT com

Charlotte said...

I love Usborne books too! Thanks for the giveaway!

Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! My kids have always loved maps and map books. Thanks for the chance.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Julie said...

I have 2 nephews who would love to have this book-in elementary school
aunteegem@yahoo.com
thanks for the giveawy

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