Emphasizing human works and wildlife over physical features, the maps in this mid-sized reference tool will serve nicely as anodynes for the more impersonal look of standard atlases, although detail is sacrificed in the name of uncluttered design. Each continent is seen in a full-page physical map, and then split into a series of spread-sized regional views (over half of which display areas of North America and Europe) showing political boundaries, major cities and rivers, and a scattering of small labeled images depicting famous structures, familiar animals, or characteristic economic activities. Small blocks of descriptive text, fact boxes, and review questions supplement the visual presentation, as do opening spreads on map reading, geology, climate, populations, environmental issues, and other subjects, plus occasional ideas for demonstrations or craft projects. Individual capsule country profiles in an appended section are inconveniently arranged by region rather than alphabetically, and their contents, as true of all the numbers and facts here, are unsourced. Still, backed up by a current almanac, this will answer elementary inquiries to the satisfaction of both verbally-oriented and visually-oriented children.