Little Kids First Big Book of Where

National Geographic. Mar. 2020. 128p. Tr $14.99 ISBN 9781426336935.
K-Gr 2–This colorful and engaging overview of interesting and unique places around the globe is divided into four sections. The first chapter examines nature, exploring the world’s highest mountain, largest deserts, and longest rivers. The second chapter looks at the homes and habitats of different animals such as marsupials, the giant panda, and the Komodo dragon. The third chapter describes where various human inventions first came into being, including pizza, books, and bicycles. The fourth chapter highlights unusual architecture and other noteworthy human-made spaces, from sports stadiums to Stonehenge. Each chapter features suggestions for extension activities, questions to relate the content back to children’s daily lives, and a map of the world. A glossary of important vocabulary words, tips for parents to help their children engage with the world around them, and an index are provided. Vibrant photographs show a good representation of global locations. People are not the primary focus of the book, but the images include a Nepalese sherpa on Mount Everest, a family with a pet dog, a family riding bicycles, and a group of amusement park attendees riding a roller coaster in Sweden. The book’s design is colorful and engaging.
VERDICT A vibrant and entertaining introduction to noteworthy locations around the world.

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