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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, 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, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet.


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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, 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, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet.

30 review for Maps

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    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 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 develops the brain in certain ways to read a physical map; you get a different relationship to physical space through knowing how to use it. I know having gps also gives you a different—and in some ways superior--relationship to actual, geographical territory, but my “glove compartment” in my car is still filled with maps. Call me old-fashioned. This book, Maps, is a wonderfully illustrated depiction of counties and what the authors see as important and vibrant about them, including drawings of animals, people in native dress, famous buildings, flora/fauna, natural wonders, favorite foods. You don’t get a story, exactly, but you do meet kids from every country. This link provides a glimpse of some of the pages: https://www.google.com/search?q=Maps+... I like map books such as A Mapmaker’s Dream by James Cowan about Fra Mauro who maps the world without ever leaving his room. Or Hugh Brody’s Maps and Dreams: Indians and the British Columbia Frontier and Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez which make it clear that Inuit maps are very different than the southern white people’s maps I took for granted were physical fact as I grew up. Towns in the Inuit maps are less important than the land and where animals and fish can typically be found. One recalls, too, topographical maps, and detailed maps for backcountry hiking. Maps exist for particular—and often very political—purposes. I also like 5 year old Sara Fanelli’s Map Book, which depicts a map of her neighborhood, a map of her dog’s stomach and a map of her heart. The Mizielinska book is about a map of the heart, and soul, and people's relationship to place.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    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 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. For instance, Jordan alone represents the entire Middle East *and* all the 'stans. How did we lose out on a Turkey, or Iran, or Syria, or Afghanistan? As long as you don't expect anything comprehensive, though, what is included is just lovely.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    Amazing. 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. Amazing. 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Morwenna Bastow

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    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

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    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 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 information about that region. I liked that there is an illustration for each fact that they share on each page. Even though some of the illustrations are not very detailed, you can understand what the illustrator was attempting to highlight. I also liked all the facts on the pages, how the author tried to fill each page with interesting information. I liked the interesting facts that the author chose to include, from basic information, like animals to trivia information. It's a fun book to pour over, I'm sure you'll find something you didn't know.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    This book is a visual feast. An delightful 11yr old and I perused it together. It made us eager to travel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Evan Hays

    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 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 that I want to go and look up later--languages I have never heard of, massive mountains I didn't know existed, delicious foods, animals I thought were legends or extinct, etc., etc. This book basically makes you appreciate the amazingly diverse and incredible world we live in all the more, and for that it deserves the highest praise. I will keep reading and re-reading this book many times.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    Basically a modern take on an old-fashioned atlas. Very nice and very cool. And quickly out of date, but not too much. Very cool and very pretty. This is basically a surface map with a lot of choices made. And yet I definitely caught tidbits of geography that I had previously missed, and really I probably won't maintain. But who doesn't like a map? Basically a fun for all ages map book. Basically a modern take on an old-fashioned atlas. Very nice and very cool. And quickly out of date, but not too much. Very cool and very pretty. This is basically a surface map with a lot of choices made. And yet I definitely caught tidbits of geography that I had previously missed, and really I probably won't maintain. But who doesn't like a map? Basically a fun for all ages map book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anita Fajita Pita

    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 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 is broken into sections by continent and further into countries, but there is more to this book of maps than just maps. Even the size of the book is appealing. It is quite large enough to contain within each dual-page spread the many mini-illustrations, and yet just big enough for the little one to handle. Seriously, even the texture and weight of the paper is stimulating to the senses and we found ourselves running our palms and fingers across the pages just to feel it and hear the satisfying sounds of our fingers and eyes discovering new things. This book is clearly aimed at younger children, and the illustrations are simple yet interesting. The maps themselves cover a two-page spread for each country, and each have the basic data such as population, languages, and an image of the nation's flag. There are simple borders, not too many cities, and a few large rivers, mountain ranges, and perhaps some lakes. Although it is a geographical compilation, the real treat of this book is the cultural compilation that it makes of each country. The illustrations that cover the spreads are full of people in cultural dress, foods (I know!), birds, animals, flowers, succulent dishes, and some national icons that take the form as famous authors, books, games, sports, even some historical icons and landmarks! From the few countries that I know intimately, it is generally the most popularized things and perhaps even a little superficial or stereotypical (but how am I to judge how other countries perceive other countries at face value?); a great introduction to maps of countries, and to their cultures and people nonetheless. If you have a small child or children I would highly recommend owning this book and having it out. If not, I would still highly recommend this book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    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 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 manages to capture the unique personalities of some of each countries' citizens. This is a very, very cool book that will captivate young readers.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Book Riot Community

    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 From 5 Oversized Picture Books That 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 From 5 Oversized Picture Books That Might Not Fit on Your Bookshelf But You Should Get Anyway: http://bookriot.com/2015/03/24/5-over...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marta

    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 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 maps and learning myriads of facts about the world! Is there a better way for a child to learn, while deriving great pleasure from it?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    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. 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Donalyn

    Elaborate maps illustrate 52 countries. Rich with geographic detail. A visual delight.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Starasia

    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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. Enough said.

  19. 4 out of 5

    N

    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. 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Love!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Peterk

    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. 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    William

    Wonderful drawings and amazing book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    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!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ciara

    Lovely but there's no Ireland map! Lovely but there's no Ireland map!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Stead

    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 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 geographical region, each country’s spread is littered with illustrations of famous buildings and landmarks, flora and fauna native to the region, famous historic figures who hailed from the country, as well as holidays, local cuisine, and sports. This element gives a more comprehensive look at the culture, history, and geography of the featured country. The illustration style is whimsical, the color palette is muted and earthy, and the maps have an added layer of texture behind each drawing that give it an aged look. I appreciate the massive undertaking this book must have been to research, illustrate, and design. However, my major complaint with the book is that there isn’t a direct path for my eyes to follow and the maps are too loaded and busy. While I intended to investigate the geography in more detail, it was hard to distinguish geographical elements or landmarks from unnecessary cultural and environmental features. Some areas are difficult to read, such as the smaller, lightweight cursive text (especially where there were several tiny clusters of islands). Also, the repetitive dashed lines that fill the oceans are too garish, and some of the elements floating over water get lost. I feel like if the lines were lighter or more transparent, it would have helped give emphasis to the objects. One other issue I have with the book is that it is more Eurocentric. I understand the book would be too long if they included every country, but, given the current political climate, it would be helpful to expose more people (and children) to the culture of other Middle Eastern countries, particularly. Overall, this book is fun to look at, and I imagine children might like to meander slowly through each map, but if you have trouble staying focused and would prefer a direct, organized path of learning, this book is not for you. Although I’m a visual learner, it is difficult to retain information in this format and I think a story that ties it together with more history would be more memorable.

  27. 4 out of 5

    The Humpo Show [ Richard ]

    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 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 girlfriend). There’s nothing quite like poring over a good map and seeing where cities and landmarks are located, as well as picking out places you’d like to visit (ALL of them!). This is an excellent reference book in terms of identifying landmarks that aren’t typically in or near to a capital city. Some of the landmarks that are illustrated help the reader get a sense of what is there. As well as illustrations of landmarks, there are some of famous people; local food, animals and plant life; events; plus mountain ranges, rivers and forests. All of them are intricately detailed and lovely to look at. There are numerous spreads that I loved reading, including Croatia, Egypt and China. It was a struggle to pick out three favourites because there are so many great spreads! My only slight issue (if we can call it that) was that there were too many species of animals noted, I would have preferred more events or buildings but that is just a personal preference. One thing I have to mention is the type of paper that has been used – it reminded me of old timey books where you can smell the paper and it is every book lover’s dream. All in all, a superb book that I am still poring over. Given that it is of a substantial size and is impossible to fit on any shelf (measuring 27.5 x 30.5 cm), it is living beside my living room chair and I pick it up now and then just to look at a country that I’ve not looked at for a while.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Herrington

    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 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 illustrations, and have spent hours reading through it. I would have this book in my classroom for children to look at and read whenever they had free time, because it teaches you so many things about different countries.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Asho

    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 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 only ever read a few a night and didn't end up exploring the whole thing. But I did really like the parts I read with the kids.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    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. (read: Nescafe [email protected] 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. (read: Nescafe [email protected] w/Sawa) ...I've known the existence of this book for many years.... I wonder why I never put it on a "To-Read" list before....

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