WASHINGTON (June 26, 2007)–The third edition of the award-winning NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WORLD ATLAS FOR YOUNG EXPLORERS (National Geographic Books, (ISBN: 978-1-4263-0088-2; Sept. 25, 2007; $24.95) debuts this fall with all new maps, photographs, graphics and — for the first time ever — an interactive companion Web site.
Geared for youngsters ages 8-12, the atlas contains more than 100 pages of colorful, easy-to-read, full-spread political and physical maps, each custom-designed for elementary- and middle-grade students by National Geographic’s world-renowned cartographers. The kid-friendly maps are uncluttered and attractive and labeled with large, legible type. Each map reflects the latest place-name and boundary changes. All maps are shown in the context of the surrounding areas to ensure a complete picture of the world develops. Same-size physical and political maps make for easy comparisons and help youngsters understand how physical features influence patterns of human settlement and economic activity.
Also included in this easy-to-navigate atlas are 25 thematic map spreads on such vital topics as environmental hot spots, natural disasters, world population, world religions, world energy and mineral resources; numerous fact boxes with the latest statistics and most up-to-date information; lively photo essays; flags and stats for every country; a glossary; geo facts and figures; and a comprehensive index of both place-names and ocean features.
The atlas is lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs accompanied by engaging and informative captions.
A specially designed companion Web site, nationalgeographic.com/kids-world-atlas, offers integrated links to photos, video, audio and games, allowing kids to go beyond the printed page to experience firsthand the sights, sounds and movements of the world’s people, places and animals. Bright, bold Web link icons throughout the book direct kids to hundreds of multimedia resources. Searching by page, topic or media type, kids can watch videos of animals in their natural surroundings, listen to animal sounds and music from many different cultures, download pictures and maps for school reports, send e-postcards to friends and play games that allow them to explore the world interactively.
At the click of a mouse, kids can:
– Watch brown bears fish for salmon in Alaska
– Experience the explosive power of a volcano
– Explore a rain forest
– Listen to the latest Haitian singing sensation
– Visit a local market in India
– Go inside King Tut’s tomb, and much more.
The NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WORLD ATLAS FOR YOUNG EXPLORERS reinforces National Geography Standards developed by the National Council for Geographic Education and is a guide to National Geographic’s vast repository of online content.
Geography education is at the heart of National Geographic’s mission. A coalition of business, nonprofit and education leaders, led by National Geographic, recently launched a five-year, public engagement campaign, My Wonderful World, to inspire parents and educators to give their kids the power of global knowledge. A rich Web site, www.mywonderfulworld.org, is at the heart of the campaign. Since 1988, National Geographic has developed a world-class Education Foundation and programs that provide geography learning opportunities for young people in and out of the classroom. The National Geographic Bee, a nationwide contest, attracts nearly 5 million fourth- through eighth-graders each year.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WORLD ATLAS FOR YOUNG EXPLORERS
Published by National Geographic Children’s Books
Pub Date: Sept. 25, 2007
Ages 8-12 – Hardcover – 192 pages
List Price: $24.95